You know, sometimes it's nice to get out of the box. This quilt is a project I would never have thought of doing; but when Sue and Melanie invited me to join them, I jumped on the opportunity simply because I enjoy my friendship with them. The quilt came second, but I'm glad I'm doing this project.
I chose fat quarters from Moda's 3 Sisters line named Faded Memories. I thought about buying some darker fabrics to add some spark to my colors; but after pawing through my scraps, I found I had colors and tones that worked just fine. And it's it all about making do sometimes, isn't it?
And yes, my design is off center. We were instructed to cut the blocks a half inch too big. I'm not trimming mine down until it's time to put the whole top together.
I have to admit that I'm not crazy about the applique stitch I've chosen. The author suggested using a zigzag stitch with invisible thread for machine applique. I tried it and didn't like it. My Bernina has a nice blanket stitch, so I went with that using colored thread. My thread stands out more than I'd like it to, but I didn't want to invest in colored threads just for this project.
I think once my blocks are finished and sewn together for the quilt top, I won't notice the contrasting threads as much. I don't make heirloom quilts. I want my quilts to survive my grandchildren's childhoods; after that, I don't care what happens to them. Someday after my kids ship me off to a nursing home and pick through my things to take what they want, I want everyone to remember the fun and good times we've had. Quilts that have been jumped on, played with, and snuggled under will bring back good memories. And making this quilt with two friends is a good memory for me.