My Columbus Day quilt

I like Columbus Day. I'm half Italian and one of my sons in law is from Spain. A quick historic recap: Christopher Columbus was Italian and got his funding from the Queen of Spain so he could come over to America and "discover" us. No politics discussed on this blog; only quilts, a universal, happy language!

Here is my Columbus Day Quilt made in 1992 (that's 27 years ago!)

The Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria
Jinny Beyer created this collection to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the "discovery" of America by Christopher Columbus.

What a beautiful mariner's compass - as only Jinny Beyer could draft!

I remember buying the fabric, in fact! I still have a small piece SOMEWHERE in my messy stash. I used a pattern from a Quilting Today magazine (now defunct) exactly as it was presented. I hand quilted the little quilt and bring it out every year around October 12th.

(I just stopped and checked in my messy stash and found the leftover fabric!)

Monday is a holiday here in the States, though some people scorn Columbus. Revisionist history and all that. But when I was in school, we always observed October 12 as the holiday.

I just got finished reading the newspaper (hard copy, Washington Post) and every page there's an ad for Columbus Day Sales. What I want to know is are there any Columbus Day sales in quilt shops? Now, that's a sale we quilters could enjoy, right?


  1. Hi Debby! I am happily and thankfully off tomorrow for Columbus Day. I am trying not to succumb to any of the 'sales' although if I were to get notice from a quilt shop, I'd whip in. My plans for the day include a very early grocery shopping trip and then coffee with a friend until about 9:30 am. Then, I'm sewing the rest of the day away! WOOT WOOT! It should involve some Geo Pop fabrics that are oh so pretty. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Oh, yes we would! I'm an old fashioned girl and always fondly remember those Oct. 12 Columbus holidays where I grew up on the east coast. I found few observe it here on the west coast. What's with that? LOL


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