A few years back I participated in Barbara Brachman's Grandmother's Choice-Votes for Women BOW. You can find out about it HERE and start your own quilt anytime! I used primarily reproduction fabrics from my stash, with a random mix of reds, blues, golds, greens, blacks, etc. Actually, I guess I used just about every colour out there!
Every block is different. Some blocks were easy as pie, some blocks were a bit challenging, and some blocks I changed to suit my taste. The result is a stack of blocks that have been waiting for me to start setting into a quilt.
Barbara suggested a setting for the quilt HERE and provided yardage and ideas. I took my time to decide on the setting since there were lots of wonderful ideas coming from Barbara and the other quilters that participated. Barbara showed many of the finished quilts and quilt tops on her blog, plus she set up a Flickr group HERE where quilters could post their pictures. I kept being drawn to the idea of using a scrappy triple sashing with the blocks set on point. I found a picture of a similar quilt and counted 49 nine-patch units and 117 triple sashing units, so guess what I have been doing lately?
I decided to go with reds/burgundies and creams. I bought a couple of dollar store baskets to hold the strips and off I went.
I have all the 9-patch units finished and have made 90 of the sashing units...definitely in the home stretch!
In between all this, I have been sewing a few secret projects and just yesterday, during our sew day at the Civic Centre, I finished all the blocks I need for the pieced borders for my Downton Ladies quilt. We have yet another blizzard outside, so it's another perfect day to sew!
It's a great day for quilting!