First of all I am going to have to get a new deck, this one is just too small for this large quilt!
I got the red and white fabric from a swap hosted by Karen at Sew Many Ways . It was fun picking out the fabric I wanted to send. It took me three stores before I decided.
Karen put together a little information regarding the swap:
- 121 swappers...4 ladies never responded, so we took the extra four squares from every one, put them in a basket and mixed them up. At the end, we gave everyone the four squares to make up the 125.
- 37 states represented...2 states with the most swappers....9 from California and 9 from Texas!!!
- 16 international swappers
2 from British Columbia, Canada
2 from Ontario, Canada
2 from the United Kingdom
I also was one of the lucky quilters to win a bag of the selvages from these fabrics. Five out of 121 were chosen and the odds weren't in my favor. But I lucked out and won! The selvages are the center of the blue blocks.
I had planned on using this quilt on my bed, under my top decorative quilt. Guess I didn't plan too well as it turned out a little too big. However it is now big enough to use as a top quilt on our queen size bed. I can't wait to get it into the frame to hand quilt. It will be easy as no marking will be needed, just stitch in the ditch.
Next up is a baby quilt. My lighting isn't the best, but the colors are gray and pink. It's for a young lineman I work with. They are expecting their first child, a girl. So far he has told me he painted the room gray. He thought the accent color was pink. Regardless, if he is correct or not, they are getting pink and grey. Now that I have the top 99% completed, I am going to make some changes.
I plan to paper piece the year "2011" and put it in the bottom border. I really want to paper piece her name, Sadie. I am just waiting on confirmation on the spelling. I don't know, do you think it's too much of a risk, in case they look at her at birth and say, no she isn't a Sadie????
This one I will machine quilt. For a baby quilt that gets lots of use, washing, and handling it is just more durable.