I like to walk. I tried to get into running, and for almost 5 years I forced myself to run 20-30 miles a month. It was agony and torture. When I realized that I am a walker and not a runner, things really turned around. I love going for walks in the evenings with my husband. The quiet companionship of having him beside me, holding my hand, and talking about our days or nothing at all… it makes me feel loved and connected to my town and the natural world. I also don’t mind walking on a treadmill. I can listen to my iPod and bop along, or I can talk to my friends who are exercising on elliptical machines beside me. It works. It works so well that I walked 1,386 miles in 2014. My goal for 2015 is to walk 1,500 miles. I think I can do it, and I think from our evening walks alone that my husband can walk 1,000 miles this year. Pretty crazy and cool, right?
When I won the bundle of fat quarters curated by Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs and Alyssa @Pile O’Fabric, I knew I wanted to make a new quilt pattern. Pondering what I could do, I headed off to the gym for a bit of time on the treadmill before taking a strength training class. While I was listening to my music and spacing out, I realized the inspiration for a quilt pattern was right in front of me. The treadmill has a digital display that marks how far around a “track” you have walked. One lap is a quarter mile, and four laps is a mile. I watch the blinking digit march around those laps a lot during the year, and I thought it might be really appropriate to make a quilt that would be a nod to all the miles we all put on our feet during the year. Because what better way to relax, put your feet up, and thank your body for its efforts than by lounging underneath a quilt, right?
I worked to make sure that the pattern uses up all of a fat quarter: only about 1.5 inches by 8 inches is left over from each fabric! One fat quarter provides the “background” for one block and the “track” for a second block. I have the pattern all written up, and yesterday I printed it out and started testing it out by getting started on my fabric prep.
It is *so* tempting to just start piecing, but I am really going to be disciplined and pre-cut all my fabric before diving in. I am really excited about the pattern, because I can see it being used to make quilts for anyone who has a love of track and field, for a friend that you occasionally go for talking walks with, to snuggle under while watching the Kentucky Derby, for a relative who loves car racing, or for anyone who has ever stared at a screen on a treadmill and persevered. I can see so many possibilities with it, and I can’t wait to share it with you.