Another one from the UFO list.
I’ve started the quilt I promised my younger sister nearly two years ago. I know exactly when I promised it, as she came to Australia to visit when I was just out of hospital following surgery for breast cancer. I was feeling surprisingly OK and optimistic, and we went shopping for fabric. The bag has been sitting in my cupboard ever since! To be fair, a few things have happen in between: chemotherapy, getting married, moving to Queensland, and then more recently, moving house. But now it’s time. Yesterday was her birthday, and I wanted to be able to say I’d made a start.
Her tastes are more traditional than mine. She lives in the Dordogne, in France, in a beautiful old converted watermill, and her house is full of antique furniture, beautiful rugs, books, pictures, elegant muted fabrics and stone floors. So her fabric choices reflect this. I had three Moda charm packs at the time, Etchings by 3 Sisters and Petite Ecole and Panier de Fleurs by French General. She picked out the colours she liked from these, and we bought fabrics that blended. The design she left up to me. I’m simply starting in the middle with a square made from the charm squares, and working my way out as a sort of medallion quilt. Literally, I’m making it up as I go along.
So far, we have square piecing, HST pinwheels and one central appliqué block. There will be some appliqué corners, and some dresden plate squares, and probably a border of HSTs too. It’s not going to be fancy; she wouldn’t care about or appreciate fancy, what she cares about is colour, and that I made it for her. I do realise I’ve made things difficult for myself with making it up as I go along; I have to keep on working out measurements to fit the ever-increasing size, but it’s all part of the fun.
More pinwheels today, I think…