Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Calico Garden Quilt

I don't take many workshops or classes, but when I saw this class offered this summer by Froncie Quinn....I heard a little voice in my head yelling at me "DO IT!" Who knows, the voice I heard may have been my daughter telling me to get her a snack...but I signed up for the class anyway. I met Froncie Quinn at the NQA show held in Columbus, Ohio a few years ago and have purchased a few of her histrical reproduction patterns to simmer on my worktable. I have waited a long time to take a class or listen to one of her lectures. Of course I just couldn't wait for the class to begin and I started to piece a few of the 3" blocks. I promised Froncie I wouldn't complete the entire top. The nine patches maybe, but I assured her there was certainly no way that I could finish all those baby applique blocks.

I think seven pieced blocks are enough to call the quilt officially started.
I have eleven other blocks cut and ready in my workbook just waiting to be stitched in a stolen minute or two during the day.

I may make a larger version of this quilt and leave off the border. It will just depend on the fabric I find for the applique blocks. At the rate I am piecing I should finish the nine patch blocks just in time for the NQA quilt show in June to do a bit of shopping for just the right fabric.

I was able to find 400 6" Civil War reproduction fabrics
in a charm pack from Old Trinity School House .

I think I'll work on the applique blocks in July as a warm up for the other class I'm taking this summer from Jeana Kimball.

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