From Jenifer’s Studio
So many of our St. Louis friends were excited to see our new Everyday Curve pattern, Gateway. And it’s understandable too – it does conjure images of the famous arch! And with that name, how could that NOT be the inspiration?
I don’t hardly have courage to let them down, but the arch wasn’t the original inspiration for this quilt! Let me start from the beginning…
When designing a quilt, sometimes inspiration strikes fast and hard and sometimes it’s more like a slow burn. Gateway definitely was the latter. I had the kernel of an idea for several years before it actually became a quilt.
When my son was a college student a few years ago, he lived very near this apartment building. Every time we went to see him, we drove by it. For several years I thought, “There’s a quilt design there!” But I never could quite visualize it. I was hung up on the spaces that surround the arches – the “sashing” so to speak. I was determined to include that in my design, but it just didn’t translate from concrete to quilt. And I stubbornly stuck to that non-working idea for so long, I eventually lost interest.
Fast forward to last year when we developed our Everyday Curve Template Set and patterns. After working with the templates and developing other patterns with them, I remembered this building and it’s beautiful architecture. It suddenly clicked – my quilt didn’t have to be an exact replication, it could be a variation. Simple. I don’t know why I held onto the original idea for so long, but once I reimagined it in a streamlined, simplified way, Gateway could be born!
So that’s the story of Gateway – not the obvious inspiration, but an apartment building in Lawrence, Kansas!