Monday, February 23, 2009
Ever since I saw this quilt in a picture that Kimberly at The Fat Quarter Shop posted on her blog from Fall Market, it has been at the forefront of my thoughts. The quilt is in the book titled "When the Cold Wind Blows" by Barb Adams and Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs. I didn't tell anyone what I was thinking about because -- well, I just didn't.
This weekend while Jane and I were at Calico Horse, I showed her the quilt in the book. (And in process of taking that book down to show her, I knocked every single book off their display. I hope no one from that shop reads my blog. I truly don't want them to know I was the one who did that!!!!!)
Anyway, Jane did not discourage me from doing this quilt. In fact, she was sort of supportive of the idea. However, I didn't look at her when we were talking to see if she was rolling her eyes at me. :)
So last night while watching TV, I decided to try one. I made the templates a couple of months ago. This block is 5.5" unfinished.
This little blasted thing took me two hours to needleturn. There are 291 baskets in the quilt. If I did one a week, that would take me almost 5.5 years to complete just the basket part of it.
I absolutely love this quilt. Probably more than any quilt I've ever seen in the 7.5 years I've been quilting. But I'm a realist.
I already have a Jane Stickle quilt in the works. I have a Dear Hanna in the works, although I'm making this with a friend and my job is to do just the appliqued blocks. I have about 110 blocks made out of 190 something needed for the Dutch Treat quilt. Those are only the ones I can think of right off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are others.
When I was pulling the blue and white shirtings for the James River Blues quilt this weekend, I went ahead and separated out all the black and white shirtings. I have plenty of those, probably more than enough to do this quilt. The baskets are made from fall colors - gold, orange, green, brown, black. Plenty of that fabric around here, too.
I truly appreciate the readers who visit my blog. I value your comments and opinions. I'll do whatever you say. So I'm asking .....