Monday, April 13, 2009
This is the completed "Secret Sister Sampler" (AKA S3). The story behind the quilt is a fun one. Every year my guild (The Iris Guild) has a drawing for your secret sister. Last year my sister was Trish. For six months she gave me two quilt block patterns and the fabrics to make them (in this case, civil war reproductions). The block names were clues to her identity (I didn't guess correctly). Because I don't do "small" I added some additional blocks. The challenge was to have my quilt made in time for the Christmas Party when the sisters identities is made known. The setting is the Big Block Quilt Pattern. I really like how it turned out. I normally don't use civil war repros since I find the colors not as bright as I like, but I like how this turned out. The setting material and border/sashing are fabrics I choose. Unfortunately, the picture shows the quilt upside down. The top is actually the bottom since one of the blocks is a basket. The picture is also dark, I took it inside and it is cloudy here, but I hope you get the idea. I am going to take it for show-n-tell--I washed and dried it so it is nice and crinkly.
The other quilt is one I made during a "Quilt for an Hour" quilting challenge led by Judy of Patchwork Times Quilt blog (it is listed as one of the blogs I follow). I really like it as well. Every fabric came from my stash.
I also want to thank Zlaty for her kind words of encouragement. If in fact "what doesn't kill you, will make you strong" is true---I am one strong girl :-)