We live in a small house that seemed plenty big while raising our two children. But now, with the children living away, the house seems to have shrunk, or is it only when I try to lay out a quilt on the floor in the livingroom?
This is my Grandmother's Choice-Votes for Women quilt, with 50 different blocks, scrappy triple sashing and 9-patches, just waiting for me to sew the final seam to pull it all together. If you want to find out more about it, or make your own, just click HERE.
The quilt is so huge, I sewed the two sides together as two separate units. There was no arranging of blocks on a display wall. It was just pull a block, sew a block, trying to keep similar colours a little separated, but not always. The same with the sashing and 9-patches-keep it scrappy, but try to have different fabrics side by side. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't, but I didn't notice 'till all was sewn together and I'm fine with it. No biggie!
When I was sewing my very last row together, I found I had a couple of blocks that just didn't work for me, so I made a few more blocks using Barbrara Brachman's free patterns from another QAL. The blocks are all 8" finished and they seemed to fit right in!
I finished sewing everything together, trimmed the sides, and now am deciding on some borders. Right now, the quilt is 80" x 95", but when finished, it may be about 93" x 108", plenty big for any bed. I'll probably use a narrow beige/cream border, followed by a wider red border to tie into the sashing and 9-patches.
For the rest of today, I'll watch the snow continue to blow. We received 50 cm. of snow on Sunday and today we are expecting another 25-30. Will winter ever end? Here is my quilting chair waiting for me to sit in it, and you can see the deck behind where I usually lay out my quilts. No clothesline pictures coming for a long time!
It's a great day for quilting!