Friday, January 11, 2008

Two quilts for one swap!?

When you give away the blocks you are working on for a quilt, it's nice to have fabrics already pressed and waiting patiently for you to begin a new quilt. After pulling and cutting all the fabrics I used in the LeMoyne star blocks for the Four Seasons Quilt Swap, I had thought about returning them to their containers in the basement for another quilt someday. I'm glad I never got around to putting them away, as this time, the someday came sooner than I was expecting.

I have exactly three weeks in which to design, cut, stitch, baste, quilt and sew on a binding and a label. Years ago I found the following quote by Washington Irving. I have it hanging on my bulletin board near my sewing machine. It will bring me encouragement as I know that I have little time to create another quilt. Perhaps it will give you a special lift during a challenge!

“There is in every true woman's heart,

a spark of heavenly fire,

which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity,

but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.”

The new quilt I begin today for my partner will be stitched with as much love and thought as the first one I began. The Lemoyne star blocks have been promised to a special blogger as a token of our new friendship.

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