The Dawnland Quilt sprang up from the need for something simple and joyful. I had just finished piecing and quilting a quilt that was a bit more intricate and I wanted something bold, loud, and easy to piece. I actually think that's been more than 6 months ago now! Time is crazy and pregnancy is crazier.
I actually haven't been able to quilt lately at all. My pregnancy has had some complications leaving me posted up on the couch most of the day. So thinking back to the start of Dawnland is giving me all the feels! The original quilt was sold before it was finished, and I've been dying to make it again to keep something with this level of happy in the house.
The fabrics I used in the original quilt are all from Cloud9 (which is a wonderful place to source GOTS certified organic cotton fabric)! The colors from bottom to top are:
Check out the Dawnland Quilt Pattern here!
As I was making this quilt, a happy memory hit me of an accidental morning run up Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Apparently this is where the sun hits the US for the first time every morning. Acadia is one of those parks for me. It just holds the right memories and mixes the right amount of mountains with salty air. I love it there.
Reading more about Acadia, however, I uncovered the unsurprising but disappointing history of the land. What is now know as Mt Desert Island and the surrounding area, where Acadia is located, is the homeland to the Wabanaki people. They refer to their homelands as the "Dawnland." And so instead of highlighting colonization in the name of Mt Desert, I thought Dawnland might be more appropriate.
I want to honor the beauty of the place, but I want to be mindful of why I even get to experience it in the first place. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Pattern testers + a bit about them:
I asked them: How did you start quilting and what about it brings you joy?
Kate from @campfirequiltco: I started quilting (like many people) back in March of 2020. I had been following a few quilters and a few fabric shops on instagram, but hadn't really thought about actually making a quilt. Then I impulse bought an FQ bundle from Cottoneer and was like "well...I guess I'm making a quilt now". Needless to say, it ended up being an excellent decision, although I still haven't finished that first quilt! I've always loved historical sewing, and the history of quilting is part of what drew me to it, so I had planned on hand piecing the entire quilt top (just like would have been done for hundreds of years before sewing machines existed). I severely underestimated how much time that would take, especially since all my hand sewing experience comes from embroidery, which is a very different skill set. Maybe I'll finish it one day, but until then I'll remain eternally grateful for the speed my machine allows me to sew at.
Becca from @quiltystitchstitch: I learned to quilt with my grandma, I used to spend one afternoon a week at her house doing all sorts of crafts! She’s always been a big quilter and taught me one year around the holidays when we made a Christmas quilt! Over the next 20 years I didn’t do much quilting but always have had something crafty in the works! I picked quilting up again right before the pandemic hit, with a baby quilt for my nephew and haven’t stopped since! I love quilting because it forces me to slow down (and get off my phone!) and at the end is a beautiful quilt that can be cherished for years to come!!
Shannon from @ford.and.friends did an amazing job with the king sized Dawnland! I didn't have a story or photo from her, but you should definitely go check her out!