The quilt is approximately 13" x 16". Kathleen told us the March challenge for us was to use some "uglies" from our stash. I think I love every bit of fabric I have, so instead of looking for my "uglies", I went to my little plastic container of orphan HSTs that I have been stockpiling from other projects. Although the free pattern Kathleen provided at Country Lane Quilts indicated 2.5" blocks, I squared them up to 2" because of what I already had in my stash and started assembling the quilt. When all was said and done, I only had to make about a dozen new HSTs. I added a couple of my "favorite" fabrics for the borders and binding, hand quilted it this week while out of town with Woodworker Hubby, and finished it off this morning in my quilting chair.
I have a few vintage bobbins around the house, so took a few pics with the little quilt as the background.
Of course I added my little Cuddle Quilter tag on the back...
and just had to take a picture of the little quilt posing in the cradle WH made, still to be stained...
So let's go back, shall we? I mentioned in the first line that you could be the owner of one of my little quilts. Here is how it works. I am participating in a "Pay It Forward" project. In a nutshell, if you would like to receive one of my little quilts similar, but not the same as the one above, just leave me a comment letting me know that you are interested. The deadline for entries will be Monday, March 11 at 10:00 pm AST. Three names will be chosen by me, myself, and I using Mr. Random Number Generator. These three names will receive a little quilt, similar to the one above, sometime within the next year. The catch is that if you decide to put your name in the hat, then you must also "pay it forward".
If you are one of the three, when you receive the little quilt from me, you must write a post about it on your blog and promise to make three items for your visitors who wish to participate. The best thing to me is that we have a year to do it. So even with DD's summer wedding fast approaching,(and the wedding quilt, hidden from view, being constructed as I write this) I know I can still find the time to make three little Pay It Forward quilts within the year. If you are one of the three chosen, I will contact you to get your mailing address and your color choices, so please be sure to leave an email address or have a profile that I can link to your email address. Just remember, I have a year to fulfill my duties, so patience is a virtue!
How did I come to know about this Pay It Forward plan? Last summer, Sandie at Crazy 'Bout Quilts blogged about a hand-crafted gift she received. She was looking for participants to pay it forward. I replied to her post that I was interested and the rest is history. Just look at this wonderful fabric wallet that arrived in my mail box this week from Sandie.
Sandie's choice of fabrics is perfectly coordinated! This red fabric is my favorite...I actually have a little fabric like this in my stash but in a different colour.
Her workmanship is exceptional, from the perfect zipper, to the perfect top stitching to the perfect magnetic closure. Sandie, were you a perfect Home Ec teacher in your other life?
Lots of room for my Cuddle Quilter cards, bills, coins, and even my cheque book. Thank you so much, Sandie!
Sandie is offering a tutorial at her blog on how to make HSTs HERE. How fitting that my Pay It Forward project is going to be a little HST quilt!
So, are you in? Do you want to Pay It Forward? If so, leave your name in the comment letting me know that you are interested.
It's a great day for quilting!