Sometimes if you want cake, you shop for ingredients, read the recipe, measure and mix, and wait for the final product to bake and cool. Other times, you just want cake, quick and easy. So you open the box of yummy Tastykakes (this is where I would put the registered trademark symbol if I knew how to do that) and munch away on the delicious cakey-ness. This little quilt top is the quilting equivalent of Tastykakes.
Temecula Quilt Company has a fun and satisfying monthly mini program where you buy a pattern by Lori Smith that includes 9 different mini quilt patterns. Then, each month you get a little kit for the top and binding, a photo of the finished quilt and cutting notes specific for the pieces in the kit or variations for the Temecula version of the pattern. This is a great way to whip up a very scrappy mini top without dragging out many different fabrics and lopping off a little bit of each. Plus, you don't have to take any risks with the fabric choices. You just go with what you get and if the quilt includes that gastly aqua print then that's the way it was meant to be.
The fabrics in the mini quilt top I just made (from the Civil War Ladies line by Pat Nickols for RJR Fabrics) reminded me of one of the quilts in the book Gone to Texas by Betsy Chutchian. Early last month I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Lone Star House of Quilts in Arlington, Texas, and met Betsy there. I am really looking forward to the line of fabrics she has coming out based on the fabrics in the antique quilt pictured below. She promises there will be three of the wonderful poison greens we can never get enough of.