There are several of us in the quilt ministry who either are 75 this year, or will be next year, so I asked who would be interested in making a diamond jubilee quilt of their own choosing, that we could do as a special project. At this point my friend Lois and I seem to be the only ones, though since the group hasn't met since early March, there may be some others who will join in when we resume. Lois has already begun her quilt, an applique medallion surrounded by pieced blocks, the pattern name I've long forgotten. The quilt I had in mind is this one, from the book 19th Century Patchwork Divas' Treasury of Quilts by Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle.
Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting) that she completed late last year. So, I bought a used copy of the book, the templates, and after raiding all my stash and scrap bins accumulated a huge pile of potential fabrics which sat
And last weekend I finally pulled a couple fabrics and began cutting pieces.
Oh yeah, this is going to be fun!
And here's where I am as of this morning, center circle trimmed and repressed, ready to be basted and hand appliqued.
I think my goal will be to make a sunflower block every two or three weeks until there are enough to make a good size quilt (may well not be quite as large as the original). And I'll wait to add the various background fabrics until all the sunflower circles are pieced. Right now I'm contemplating making 13 rather than 18 sunflower blocks, and adding an outside border or two for a square quilt. Time will tell. One thing I've learned is that cutting those tiny pieces with my smallest (and original) rotary cutter is extremely hard on the joints in my wrist, so it will definitely not be a project done quickly. And that's OK with me, this is meant to be a fun as well as challenging project!
It is snowing heavily as I write this, with more snow in the forecast for several days ahead. Bah-humbug!