Wednesday, June 19, 2013
three years ago i discovered virtual quilting bees on flickr and signed up for way too many at one time. one of the first bees i joined, though i can't recall the name of the bee anymore, made Patience Corners blocks for me using bits of a Hope Valley jelly roll, kona coal, and an ivory solid.
i got back 19 finished blocks, and a partial block, because i'd sent an incorrect package!
after all my blocks arrived, i stacked them together and put them aside. last year, when i pulled out all my WIPS, the Hope Valley blocks were among them. M particularly liked these blocks, and spent quite a while laying them out on my design wall and arranging and rearranging them. i kidded him that he was going to have to finish the quilt!
after some time, i needed my design wall, and the blocks went back into limbo for another year.
this year, i was determined to cross off as many old WIPS as possible, the Hope Valley quilt among them. at first i thought i might make a quilt for our second guest room, but i didn't really have enough blocks to generate a queen sized quilt, and i knew i'd never be able to match the ivory solid, since i couldn't remember exactly which line it was from. since i didn't have a plan for the blocks, they kept getting pushed down the WIP list and other projects took precedence.
finally, i decided to make the blocks into a lap quilt for M's aunt charlotte, a lovely, delightful woman i'm so glad i've had the opportunity to get to know and love. we'll be seeing her next month, and i'd like to have the quilt finished in time to take it to her on that visit.
i decided on a 4 x 5 layout, with coal sashing and cornerstones using the leftover bits from the jelly roll that i still had. i finished piecing the top last weekend, and i'm pretty thrilled with how it turned out. i love how the cornerstones in the sashing make a sort of nine patch, and i'm trying to figure out how to quilt it to emphasize that.
first, though, i have to piece my backing - i'm using a large section of kona plum, paired with the diamond dandy print from the line in purple and the stripey print from the line also in purple. i plan to bind in the stripe, too.
hopefully i'll get the back pieced and everything basted so i can work on the quilting soon!