Okay everyone…normally I write a blog post on Monday morning that tells you everything I’ve been working on over the last week. This is going to be a little of that but also a HUGE plea for your help.
You might remember I had a deadline quilt for a wedding on New Year’s Eve.
Kelli came on Wednesday and helped finish cutting it out. I started crazily piecing on it.
I sewed for several hours in the evening on it.
I sewed several hours on Saturday on it. I got this far…Two rows sewn together and many more blocks to make.
Sunday we were supposed to go to Buck’s but we got a half-hour into our trip and there started to be some freezing rain and ice pellets. We aren’t afraid of snow but ice pellets yes…freezing rain, yes. See ice pellets by the wipers?
Buck lives 2 hours south of us and I didn’t want to drive in that we so we turned around and headed home to be safe. (We ended up with 3″ of snow.)
So I spent Sunday sewing and got to this point. This was pure power sewing. I only broke for potty breaks.
My original design looked like this…
I sent pictures to Kelli and asked for a consult. I wasn’t excited about what I had in mind for the border.
I auditioned just a plain muslin border. I didn’t like that.
Then I messaged Kelli and asked about what I was playing with in the picture below.
Kelli said YES…so that’s what I did. It took me another hour or so to get newly designed borders sewn and on.
Here is the top…Kelli and I both love it.
This border is MUCH nicer.
So…I left the project and decided I’d hit it again on Monday night. I’d get a backing pieced and get it loaded on the frame.
So…That’s when I sat down at the computer. That’s when I thought what the heck, I’ll submit the quilt design…I didn’t expect an answer anytime soon on whether a magazine would take this quilt design or not. I was sure they were all on vacation. So being Kelli and I would have to remake the quilt if they accepted the design, we wrote in our submission that we’d be happy to make it up in any colorway, scrappy or not scrappy or with a fabric line. I hit send and then I went over to Messenger to message Connie a picture of my completed quilt top.
About two messages into the conversation with Connie and American Patchwork and Quilting had emailed me back on a Sunday night!?!?!?! They wanted the design and would we mind making it scrappy in Halloween colors. Immediately I thought, that would be cool…So I said yes!
About then I realized that I really don’t have many Halloween prints. I used them all up on another scrappy Halloween quilt I made a few years ago. OH NO! There aren’t Halloween prints in the stores right now either and with Covid, I can’t go on my own personal shop hop to find some even if there were….so, I panicked for a second, and then I remembered when I asked for 2 1/2″ strip background from blog readers when I was making our Thanks to You! quilt. You all came in our force and sent me background white-based strips. So, I’m asking for your help again…
Do you have Halloween print fabric? Can you please send me a Halloween print of fabric? One strip that is 2 1/2″ wide would be all I need to get a scrappy look. It can be mailed in an envelope without costing extra postage. You wouldn’t need to go to the post office to mail an envelope. I’ll need orange, black, limy green. They can be Halloween prints or they can be regular fabric…it doesn’t matter if the quilt is to be scrappy. Think this with maybe some light purples added in…
Oh my… I did it to myself this time!!
I would be forever grateful to anyone who takes pity on me and sends a strip of 2 1/2″ Halloween fabric or orange, black, light purple, or limy green print. We don’t need white based fabric…just the colored. Kelli and I will throw the names of everyone who donates into a hat and come up with a prize for whoever’s name we pull out of the hat. How does that sound??
Here’s the other important info…the quilt is due in house at American Patchwork and Quilting for mid-February. That’s going to be quick!! So if you have a strip can you send it ASAP. I’m going to be piecing the quilt as strips come in. I’ll try to share pictures so you all can watch my progress.
How fun will it be for you too? Make sure you remember what strip you sent so when the quilt comes out in the magazine, you can look and see if your fabric scrap is identifiable in the pictures!! That sounds so fun. Doesn’t it?
So…if you don’t mind, can you help a gal out?? This is going to be so fun getting my mail over the next week or so…I am a little nervous about this all being the mail has been so terrible too. Enough of that though…I’m going to be thinking positive…this will work. I will make the mid-February deadline…right?? With your help, I think I can!!
Here’s my address:
111 2nd Ave NE
Waucoma, IA 52171
THANKS SO MUCH!!