Saturday, April 08, 2006
I have two friends with whom I exchanged 12" blocks with last year. I call us the Trio for lack of a better name. That's how I note our outings on my calendar, and that's how I think of us when we do these sort of projects. They wanted to do 12" blocks, so I said OK, and away we went. I don't usually care for 12" blocks because the quilt ends up so big, especially if you want to be creative with the setting.
We exchanged our focus fabric, and then our goal was to make each other (and ourselves) 10 blocks. They each were to be the same block pattern for each person for each round, just using the focus fabric we were given.
I scrounged through my stash, and found this wonderful burgundy floral fabric that I had "saved" for a special project. I had no idea what that special project was, since I didn't have any notes or any other fabric put with it. So this fabric became my focus fabric for a special project. I had three yards of it, so each of us got one yard. We finished this exchange around Christmas time last year.
I put the blocks up on the design wall, and they were just so busy as they were, I knew all they needed was a plain sashing and plain border/s. So, last weekend, hubby and I went to Lawrence, KS (home of Barbara Brackman) and he chose the green sashing. I had thought that this quilt would require a romantic pink sashing/border but no....it just wouldn't go with anything pink! The green is from the Red Rooster line and it looks sort of like a moire. And, I just barely had enough fabric left to do the outside borders. There's only 2 pieces that are about 6" X 7" long! The quilt will be big enough to fit our king bed if I put it sideways. It finishes at 88" X 101".
As you can tell, hubby is happy with this quilt! He says it's HIS, all HIS!