Well over 20 years ago in a little quilt guild in Fauquier County we had a block exchange. We broke out into groups of four and each month we would exchange our blocks. If I remember correctly my group did two sets of four – one bright and one not so bright.
About 12 years ago I put together the first of the two quilts as a challenge to complete a UFO. I have no recollection of having any problems tearing out the papers or putting the blocks together. OK maybe the mitered interior borders made me think a little longer but I remember being pleased with the finish.
After moving several times in the last 15 years I dug into a sweet little box and found these:
These blocks were so sweet and really deserved to be in a completed quilt. I knew that I wanted this quilt to be different than the original so I pulled out some fun and funky dots. Then I started really looking at the blocks.
Someone used glue to adhere the first fabric to the block. After a couple of decades, the glue still held. There was no getting that off. Some of the seams were skimpy while others were not trimmed. I used them anyway. I recognize one or two of the fabrics as mine but I don’t remember ever using glue on my fabrics.
With a little coaxing and cajoling I found a layout that worked. This second piece is not nearly as large as the first, but I’m liking it.
Terry used a higher loft batting to “fill out” the blocks and the quilting is extraordinary. Some of these blocks are similar to the ones in the “original” quilt. The quilting really makes this quilt even more special!
I was so thrilled with this I pulled out a couple more UFO’s to finish. Isn’t it amazing how a little success can inspire!
Diane, I think there were four of us in the group. There were two groups, one using brights and one using more traditional colors. We had to make four each of two different blocks. Maybe you did both groups…overachiever! I made mine, not as involved as yours, and Joyce Gould machine quilted it.
Maybe the bright group needed a fourth. I’m glad the piece is done, it makes me smile. Next finish will be another oldie!
That’s awesome you got this done! It’s gorgeous:)
Thank you AJ, it really is nice to be able to check this one off the “To Do” list.
I love that feeling too!
Both quilts are stunning! I didn’t join until the early 2000’s, so missed these. You get so much done, I’m envious.
Mama Kati, Thank you! It’s amazing what can be done when I put my mind to it. You too are very productive. Your garden and garden to table meals are Michelin worthy! And that gardening gig is backbreaking and takes an enormous amount of time. You also do some stunning EPP work, and you get those projects done! And that thing you do with sticks and yarn, now that’s freaking amazing.
both quilts are lovely but I do like the second one with the black & white spotty fabrics!
Thank you Claire! The black and white was incredibly simple mindless sewing. The kind that is just sheer joy.