Diary of a Quilt in Progress: Dorothy’s Crown of Thorns

When did I start Dorothy’s Crown of Thorns quilt? Was it a hundred years ago? Two hundred years? Or was it sometime last summer? It started with this sample block back at the beginning of August …

I love that vibrant red-orange, don’t you? But I wanted something softer for Dorothy’s quilt, something that felt a bit more appropriate to the times, so pink it was.

I tried different sized blocks, finally settling on a 10″ finished.

Slowly, the top began to grow …

And it grew and it grew. But without the borders, it didn’t seem like it would be that big. Sure, it took up a lot of space when I laid the blocks out on the carpet …

But it seemed a manageable size before the borders were added:

The addition of the borders gave me pause. When the top was completed, it measured 90″ by 100″. In other words, big!

It took me many hours to piece a back, and then more hours to baste. But at last, the quilt is ready to be quilted. Wish me luck!


  1. This quilt is beautiful! Eager to see how it gets quilted. I am loving your reading of the book you’re writing, about the 1930’s or maybe it’s 1940’s. I bought my grandson one of your Sam books too. You have a wonderful reading voice. Thanks for all you do.

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      Thanks, Gerry! I’m eager to see how it gets quilted too. I think I’ll be keeping things VERY simple. Thanks so much for giving your grandson one of the Sam books–I hope he enjoys it!

  2. Your quilt is beautiful. I love the soft color you picked & know that Dorothy would be very happy with what you have done with her contest pattern. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. I wish you great luck. I love the quilt and the story behind it. great work francis!

  4. I discovered Friendship Album a few weeks ago and binged to catch up. Now I’m looking forward to each newly released podcast to find out what is happening in Milton Falls!
    The quilt is beautiful!

  5. Sew lovely! Big job, well done! I eagerly await each new episode and love all these great characters that you have created! ❤️

  6. Wow just love listening to your story on podcast and stitching away. Love hearing how quilt groups were in the early years. Thank you for sharing and reading your story with me, cant wait for the next episode!

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