“From where?” you might ask. Hmmm…cough, cough…no where in particular. Just whatever where. Oh, that is not quite true as I did take a lovely vacation to the UK in August, but more about that later. Let’s do a little catch up…working backwards…starting this weekend…or really this started earlier in the summer.
100 Quilts for Kids – Katie from Swim Bike Quilt started this project a few years ago and Heather at Quilts in the Queue took it over this year. She has done a fabulous job…getting the word out, sponsors, prizes, a blog hop…just fabulous. So, early in the summer I volunteered to organize a group quilt made by DC Modern Quilt Guild members. To start I choose a paper pieced pattern (6″ economy blocks) and distributed some fabric at a DCMQG meeting. I made some blocks and then received blocks from Anne and Linda and Jamie. Here are my first blocks, more to give a true sense of the colors than anything else.My little stack was growing. Our September meeting was a sewing charity sewing day so I had the plan to be there to receive more blocks and have folks help to put the quilt top together. However, due to a brewing mini-crisis at home, at the last minute I was unable to go. Fortunately, the lovely Liz was able to drop all of the collected blocks off at my house .
How do you feel about your sewing commitments? I usually have some, as I like to be connected to the world, and not always in my own private little universe, but I don’t like to be stressed about it. And stress I do if I am not going to be on time. Maybe it has to do with my job, where I stress to kids that things are either done on time, or not, you are in the classroom on time, or not. So, I choose carefully what I say yes to. Well, the 100 Quilts for Kids link up ends on Tuesday and I did not want this group quilt sitting in pieces at my house! A few of the big hurdles from the start of the school year were past, including my big Bay trip and Curriculum Night, so Friday afternoon I started. Before the sun went down I had this up on my design wall…
and the rows were sewn together before I went to bed. Saturday morning, after a lovely run with my 10K group along the canal, I put the rows together and pieced the back. My good camera was out of commission, so these are cell phone pics and I feel that the colors are off. I needed to cross the river yesterday anyway to pick my daughter up at the airport, so I delivered the top and back to Aubrie who had volunteered to quilt this baby. She does awesome work, so I was thrilled to hand it off to her and have her already talk about what designs she might do.
Whew…mission…at least my part of it…accomplished!