The clean slate has been replaced with a massive mess!! Out of the 3 projects in the box, one is pieced, marked, basted and in the hoop...it was a nightmare! I had a plan. I held it tight. I had to let it go. The plan involved 3" trees from a Thimbleberries book. Something was not right. They would not measure out. It was the template...wrong size...a printing mistake. I tried to adapt the template, but it would not work. Finally, after a call to Winona (who has the same book), I decided to let the trees go and replace them with a 3 inch hourglass block. The result was wonderful. I think I am happier than I would have been with the trees. I wondered if I should show it here, as it is the table runner that DeNiece is getting for winning my 2nd Anniversary drawing. Since she is out of town, I figured I would show you all...it will be in the mail by early next week.The 4 stars represent each of her children and the houses stand strong for her and her husband. It will hand quilt up nicely and soon be on it's way home.
Another project in the box is the basket quilt. This is a 70x70 cover up quilt. The plan? 16 12" basket blocks set with solid setting blocks. I chose sage green. It was the plan. I held it tight.I had to let it go. The point was to have those baskets pop. Instead they dropped back and the sage green popped. I bought SIX YARDS of that sage green. I do not have the money to go out and replace it. It is important that this quilt is in the hoop sometime in August, preferably the beginning. I came up with a new plan. A crazy plan. A "you-have-to-be-out-of-your-mind" plan.That is the cutest little 6" basket ever made!! It is beyond adorable. I made 3 more...a pink, a blue, and a purple. Put them together and they make a 12" block. I need 12 of them (48 little baskets). What gorgeous setting blocks they will make. I will use background fabric around the outside for setting triangles. What this does is takes an original plan of a quilt with 382 pieces and changes it to a quilt with ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED TWENTY SIX (1426) pieces in it. And it is not even a bed quilt! It will be worth it...I will show you a pic when I get a full row done. It takes me several hours to finish a block.