Wednesday, August 25, 2010

something so different even my kids noticed

This is practically the oldest ufo I have. The colors are so not me that when DD#1 and #2 wandered into the sewing room they asked me if the blocks were even mine. :0)
I made 11 blocks of a BOM offered at a LQS about 7 years ago. We had recently moved from a different city and I hadn't made any new quilting friends yet and was missing my old guild. To start it cost $5 and if you brought your completed block to the next meeting your next block materials were free (which is why I only finished 11 - there was no reward for finishing block 12 - lol)
There are some women at my church who are making quilts to send to northern India. I thought I could make a cheerful little quilt for a child using some of these blocks.
I even managed to find the perfect backing fabric 40% off. There is NOTHING in my stash that goes with these fabrics.
This pink block made me laugh. When I made it I thought it was the ugliest block of the batch and the name...Devil's Claw... was just awful. However, it is the exact same block that I am making piles of now for a large quilt. Crowfoot sounds so much better than Devil's Claw. :0)
And I want to share a picture of my foxgloves now blooming profusely in the garden. I start them from seed every March and they will bloom through the light frosts until it gets really cold. In some places they are wild flowers but not in my part of Canada.
Happy Quilting!!


Ann Champion said...

Isn't it funny how our taste changes over time? Really nice fabrics are more widely available too?
I think your blocks will make a nice cheerful quilt that any child would love to have!
The Devil's Claw blocks look so different done in your richer fabrics. I barely recognized it.
Your Foxgloves are gorgeous! Do you start the seeds in pots or sow them directly on the soil?

Barb said...

I love the devils claw, it's actually on my life list of quilts.
Your hollyhocks are lovely, mine have disappeared, i guess I skipped too many years planting and they didn't reseed for me.

Crispy said...

Wow what a difference between the two blocks, the newer one is so much richer looking. This quilt will be well loved by a child, it's wonderful that you are donating it!!


Lori said...

I think India is a great place for those blocks! LOL
Love your foxglove.

Peg said...

How great to finally find a use for those blocks! Another UFO out of the closet!!

CJ said...

Amazing what a difference fabric choices make.

Dixie said...

Love that you are finishing a quilt for such a nice cause. Your foxgloves are beautiful, and they are my Mom's favorite flower. She starts hers from seed too, but the tinyness of the seeds has always scared me off. Just got a magazine about seed starting, so I think I will give it a shot!

Janet said...

Well, I wouldn't have picked the blocks as yours but India loves those colours. I'm very fond of Foxgloves, they grow wild in a lot of places but they are so pretty.

Evelyn in Canada said...

I grew foxgloves for years and then had a couple of years when our season was somehow too short or unusual and they didn't bloom. I stopped then, but maybe I'll add them back on my list. They are still a favourite of mine.

Ann: I'm sure she plants them indoors in March. The ground is mostly frozen in March yet and certainly not warm enough to germinate foxgloves and keep them alive (frostfree) until they bloom in August.

Valentina said...

I am with you crowfoot sounds so much better!!!
I love how these blocks are finding a new home. Speaking of which, I promised two quilts for india as well... Better get cracking!

Marilyn Robertson said...

I am in love with your Foxglove plants! Talk about beautiful!

Carrie P. said...

I have been missing out reading your blog. I see you have been very busy. When I saw that bright quilt on Sundays post I said to myself that it sure was different from what you normally do and I see your kids agree. Funny!
I hope your daughter is doing much better.
Great stars and you have been bitten by the civil war quilt I see.