It seems most of July has been speeding by with grandchildren, trips to the beach and a week in the North Carolina mountains. But I'm back now and looking to start on my next project. My biggest news to share is that I have agreed to be the next show chairman for the 2014 Pensacola Quilt Show. I know, I'm not sure what possessed me, but I did say yes. In addition to that, I have agreed to design our Opportunity Quilt (raffle quilt)!! Yikes!!! I'm not sure I'm equipped to do that, but I'm just taking one step at a time!
The first place I started was with Edyta Sitar. I only have one of Edyta's books (so far) - these other 2 I borrowed from a friend. I love the way Edyta combines prints and batiks - she is one of the best. By the way, her newest book "Scrappy Firewooks" is a must have - it's fabulous!
I've been seeing this quilt pop up around blogland and I was completely smitten. It's been designed by Di Ford of Australia. It's based on a quilt made in 1802. While I'm pretty sure I will never make this quilt, it became the inspiration for me as I started designing our Opportunity Quilt. We have decided on a name for our next show, "In Full Bloom". So until our quilt is done (or at least further along), that's what I'm calling the quilt. I have designed it in EQ7. It's still a work in progress, but I'll show pictures when I can.
What I can show is the fabric I've collected so far. I have decided on Edyta's line of fabric "Love Letter" as my starting point. I visited a quilt shop in Franklin, NC (A Stitch in Time) while we were up there. As I walked in the door, there was a huge display of this fabric line!!! I took it as a sign and bought about 10 pieces to get me started. My friend found the charm packs at Kudzu Quilt Shop in Montgomery, AL. I found a few more pieces at the Atlanta Sewing shop as we were on our way home.
These are some "maybe" fabrics I've pulled from my stash. I'm meeting some of my committee members tomorrow to hopefully find a few "must have" elements for the quilt.
I've NEVER done anything like this before, it's really way out of my comfort zone. But in the end, I'm just going to make a quilt that I would love to own, and trust myself. I've got talented ladies around me and we are about to begin a great adventure.
Stay tuned - my goal is to have this quilt finished by the end of the year!!
Until next time,