OK, I don't have five finishes to show you, but I do have a funny story. It's about my most recent "Scrap Squad" quilt for Quiltmaker Magazine's Quilty Pleasures Blog. I wrote a tutorial using the "Tri Recs" tool for the Quilty Pleasures blog. But you, dear 52 Quilts readers, get the "behind the scenes" story.
When we received the pattern for Robin Waggoner's "Mandarin Express" quilt, I immediately thought of the huge pile of purple-and-tan four patches left over from Judy Laquidara's purple monochrome quilt challenge several years ago (at least three, because it was pre-52 Quilts blog!). "Great, I'm halfway finished," I thought to myself!
I went to work cutting the triangle-within-a-square blocks and sewing, sewing, sewing. Because there are two blocks to this quilt, and I want the four corners to be the same, it must have 63 blocks. Up on the design wall, and man, this quilt is getting to be big. And I'm only halfway finished.
That's only 40 blocks, and my design wall is filled! On I plug, sewing and sewing. At Barb Gardner's EQ7 class, I design a border to continue the chain blocks into the border. Finally, it's all pieced and ready to go to the long-arm quilter, Ann.
We measure the top, and it's 96" by 112" (!) I know magazines rarely write patterns for quilts this large, what is the deal? That's when I go back to the pattern and realize:
The pattern calls for 2" squares for the four-patches. Mine are based on 2.5" squares. I've made a really, really big quilt!
So big, in fact, that when I hang it over the edge of the second-story deck, it almost touches the top of the light post on the patio below!
This will be a wedding quilt for the son of my late friend, Susan. He is a US Marine, currently attending flight school in Pensacola, Florida. When I took him and his fiance to lunch, I told them they could choose what they wanted for a wedding quilt: modern or traditional, and what color? Priscilla wouldn't say, so Spencer answered for her, "Traditional, and purple!" I think my Mandarin Grape fits the bill, don't you?
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