On September 5, 2012, my brother and sister-in-law celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.This picture of the happy couple was taken September 2, 2012 in the restaurant at the hotel/convention center where we celebrated their wedding reception 25 years ago.
My brother and sister-in-law have wanted one of my bed sized quilts for quite some time. The marking of 25 years of marriage seemed like the perfect time to present them with a quilt. I didn’t want to promise that I would make them a bed-sized quilt from scratch because I wasn’t sure exactly how long it would take to finish it with all of the other commitments I have. So, I went to my stash of flimsies and picked “The Simple Cross” to quilt and gift to them. Although they saw the quilt top on September 2, 2012, it wasn’t until June 22, 2013 that they were presented with a finished quilt.
The Simple Cross was made from a pattern that was in the September/October 2000 issue of Fons and Porter’s magazine, For the Love of Quilting. I started making the blocks for The Simple Cross on March 12, 2006 and finished the quilt to the flimsy stage on March 28, 2006.