Design & DIY

Cosy up next to the fire with this perfect cottage quilt


This article was originally published in the Winter 2016 issue of Cottage Life magazine.

Nothing cozier than toasting marshmallows over a crackling fire, arewerite? Which is why cottager Tania Denyer, a quilt artist, commemorated this ultra-cottagey scene in a recent design, Campfire Nights. “Campfires are magical,” she says. “For me, it’s the most sacred part of my time at the cottage.” The little 18″ by 36″ quilt (called a “quiltlet” in the biz) took her about a week to make. “The image just popped into my head.”

At the cottage, how much quilting do you do?

All I do is quilt (when I’m not cooking or tidying or reading). I stop at quilt shops on the way and bring a project, usually something simple. One year, I forgot the ironing board so I substituted with a towel on the counter.

What other cottage scenes do you want to quilt?

A dock extending into the lake. The view from a canoe. A hammock between trees. A coffee mug on a wood table, with a glass jar filled with water lilies. Honestly, I have more ideas than I can possibly manage.

How do people react when they see Campfire Nights?

Some have suggested super-sizing it. I’m just surprised that everyone immediately knows what it is.

Marshmallows and fires: good combo?

Absolutely yes. I find fires fascinating. And we’re always toasting marshmallows.

Quilting and fires: good combo?

No. Not enough light! Though many times people have dragged quilts from the cottage to wrap themselves in, while sitting in front of the campfire. 

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