Custom Fabric Inspired "A River Runs Through It" Quilt

Custom Batik

It is nearly time for the Quilt-a-Fair, and we are featuring two amazing quilts along with some terrific patterns in our booth (#504).  Flying High in the Cabin 1921 and A River Runs Through It were selected in honor of this year’s theme, Out of the Cabin, Back at the Fair.

Custom Batik

The design for A River Runs Through It was inspired by our community, Estes Park, Colorado.  Debi Routh, our quilting expert, met Karen Gibbs, the owner of Banyan Batiks, at the Estes Valley Quilt Guild Retreat and discovered that Karen works with quilting stores to create custom fabric.  It was a match made in heaven.  The custom Batik fabric design for The Stitchin’ Den was designed by Debi, with input from the staff of The Stitchin’ Den and we love it. It includes many images that reflect the beauty and energy of the community.  As many of you know, we have spectacular mountain views, abundant wildlife, historical and natural landmarks, great shops, and recreational activities.

Custom designed quilt A River Runs Through It

This custom quilt design pattern (left) is built around two custom prints (pictured above) which are designed to go together plus other fabrics of the quilter’s color preference.  Kit packages will be available at the Quilt-a-Fair.

Flying High in the Cabin 2021, our second featured quilt (pictured below), is named for the elements in the pattern design. Flying refers to flying geese, High refers to daily high temperatures, Cabin for the log cabin layout, and 1921 for the year in Estes Park used for the recorded weather temperatures.  She experimented with a range of colors after determining the daily high temperatures for 1921, in Estes Park.  When deciding when to change colors based on the temperatures, the low and high were kept to a range that allowed them to represent extremes rather than average which represented fewer days.  For example, she chose the following for our quilt:

-0 to 32 (green), 23 days
33 to 50 (blue), 125 days
51 to 65 (purple), 88 days
66 to 79 (red), 112 days
80 to + (orange), 17 days

Flying High in the Cabin Quilt

Debi has some suggestions and thoughts if you choose to make the quilt using a different year and location.  Five colors were chosen for the temperature changes.  She recommends that you play with chart features on your computer to decide your temperature ranges. Before sewing your finished blocks together, try different arrangements.  You don’t have to start in January.  You could base your choices on your first year of life, marriage, college, etc.  You might want to change the color of the geese based on a special day, add embroidery, button, etc.

If you want more advice, just drop by Booth #504.  There will be plenty of lovely fabrics and kits to inspire you.

See you there! 

Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501
September 23-25, 2021
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.