Lady of the Lake QAL…

QuiltnParty LOTLWhat a week it’s been. Hurricanes here, fire there. Wherever you are I hope you’re safe. The light has not been great here in Colorado because there has been tons of smoke in the air from fires. Today I get to share with you my Lady of the Lake quilt block as part of the Fat Quarter Shop Lady of the Lake Quilt Along. But first, I was curious as to where this quilt block received its name from so I did a little digging.

It seems the most popular explanation is that the quilt block came about after Sir Walter Scott published his poem Lady of the Lake in 1810. The quilt block started showing up in the decade after the poem was published. The poem story the poem tells takes place in Scotland. The main parts of the poem describe three plot points, three men fighting to win the love of Ellen Douglas, the fued between James Douglas and King James V of Scotland and a war between highland clans and lowland Scots led by King James V.

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Another theory of the origin of the Lady of the Lake block is that it was named for the Lady of the Lake from the Arthurian Legend. As the ruler of Avalon, the Lady of the Lake was responsible for giving King Arthur his sword Excalibur and raised Lancelot after the death of his father.

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I think it’s always interesting to try to understand where the traditional quilt blocks come from. I’ve always admired this block and so I took the opportunity of this QAL to make a few. Well, enough for a whole quilt. I used a fat quarter bundle of Arbor Blossom fabric from Ellis & Higgs. I love this fabric so much and this was the perfect project for it. I don’t have a yellow quilt so I used a yellow dot print from the Arbor Blossom line for the setting triangles.

Be sure to check out Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber for more information about the Lady of the Lake quilt.

4 thoughts on “Lady of the Lake QAL…

  1. This turned out SO PRETTY! I love hearing about block histories too but for some reason when I hear “Lady of the Lake” I think of something a little more haunted!

  2. I love the block and the history behind it. Your fabric is delightful. Thanks for sharing. Coincidentally in US News Today this week, a little girl found a sword in that particular lake that might be the Excalibur sword.

  3. Great post Stephanie. I have never heard of the “Lady in the Lake” block before. It is a lovely block that reminds me of the “Birds in the Air” block. I enjoyed reading about the history of the block as well. Happy Quilting!

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