Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014 !

From the 2013 Houston International Quilt Festival,  here's a pieced and appliqued quilt which conveys the promise and hope of the New Year. Happy 2014, everyone !

Together We Can,  43 x 56.5", by Wendy Butler Berns

Wendy's original design is based on a family photo of an elementary school field day in which her child took part. She writes, "On the playground, the third graders race across the field, carrying a huge earth ball. The group of eight children must work together with their combined strength and teamwork to keep the earth ball from toppling to the ground.... [Hopefully], as our children grow and pursue positions of leadership, they will........carry this spirit of... cooperation into the future to strive towards peace and to help preserve the earth and its inhabitants."

Close-up, Together We Can by Wendy Butler Berns

Wendy's son, Greg, is the blond boy here in the print shirt. Wendy notes that the background of the quilt is constructed of two inch squares, and the globe itself is constructed of one inch squares. The images of the children are machine appliqued, and the entire work is machine quilted.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2013 Houston IQF.


  1. Thank you, Carolyn ! We're glad you enjoyed this quilt. Happy New Year to you and to all our readers.

  2. Wonderful quilt to represent the new year. I hope you and your family are blessed in the coming year.


  3. I especially love the idea behind this quilt. You got a lot of mileage from the Huston show. Maybe it is time for you to make a trip to Japan. The Tokyo Dome show is coming at the end of the month... Hint hint.


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