I would like to wish all a Happy Easter. I do not remember having such an early Easter. Have a great day with family and friends.
I have been busy trying to play catch-up on Civil War Bride, Stonefields, and now I have added another project on my “to do” list. – The Margaret Potts Quilt. I am a member of the Baltimore Applique Society BAS and they are doing a BOM each month. BAS is a great organization for Appliquers’ to join even if we are miles away from the meetings. The Margaret Potts quilt BOM is a great way for BAS to reach out to their members who are do not live in the area but want to participate in the group projects. The quilt consists of 85 blocks. Doing a block a month will take about 7 years – think I can do this one? LOL. Since I have decided to not make the Farmers Wife quilt, I will be doing this quilt in the 1930’s fabric that was purchased for that “ex-project” (new terminology for not working on a pre-determined doomed project) LOL.
Of course I am 4 months behind the group because for some reason I had not read my BAS newsletters since November (hum wonder where my mind was)? My friend Jaydee just assumed I knew about the project because we are both members, but when dealing with an empty head sometimes…..we are now both working on the project needless to say after I did read this month’s newsletter and realized what was going on. We had a good laugh on that one.
My Civil War Bride (CWB) is coming along. I have 6 blocks ready to applique and today should have Block 1 completed today (if I can get away from this computer). I have made the changes I wanted to (so far and I am sure there will be many more) and ready to catch up with the group. My friends Cathy and Lynn from the DC area and hopefully Jaydee from Washington will be working on the quilt each month. Cathy has one more Lady who may be interested in driving herself nuts along with the 4 of us. We had decided to do 2 blocks a month, but boy that Lynn is really going to town. I will be posting our progress on the 1st of each month so stay tuned. It is so interesting to see the different interpretations of this quilt – each of us have changed things on the pattern and using different fabrics with unique outcomes. Hopefully I can finish Block 2 by Thursday and not start April behind the others. It is so much fun to have others working on the same project – always provides me a challenge and a reason to “get with the program” to start on a quilt that has been in the “que” for a few years!
Jaydee and I are working on Stonefields – well, let’s put it this way. I am in Segment 3 and Jaydee is in Segment 6 – She will have that puppy finished before I even get half way through. We worked on an Edyta Sitar quilt – Sentimental Scraps – that we made almost 2 years ago (purchased all the fabrics for the middle border) but I have not finished putting all the blocks together (shame on me!) Jaydee has her completed – in fact she completed it a long time ago! Turned out beautiful. The pattern was in a Quiltmania magazine I believe in 2014.
Here is a photograph of a quilt that my friend Jaydee Price made for President George W. Bush and it is now hanging in his Library – what an honor! Jaydee is a wonderful friend, quilter, and such a giver. One of these days she and I will tour the Library and just relish in the fact that her hard work has been honored. (Even if it is in our dreams!)
I leave you with thoughts of my Poor Dear Jane! I had illusions of grandeur the other day and set it all out on the cutting table to work on color placement…………Yup – still there but it is on hold for a few more days! I looked back at the 8 blocks I had finished about 18 months ago, and put it on hold when I realized how difficult this project would be and I wanted to really do it justice with a different selection of fabrics. Well, no excuse, just keep putting other things ahead of it. It is next in line! Although I think I am ready to do a “no-brainer” quilt – one that does not take a lot of thinking! One the struggles I deal with when I make a quilt is that nagging little thought that “this one may be a Show quilt” and that is when the perfectionist idiot comes out slows me down. Oh well what can I say!
Have a blessed day – Until next Blog!