Well, it's almost ready to fly...all the way to Australia for Quilts in the Barn 2012: An Exhibition of Red and White Quilts (including antique red and white quilts by Mary Koval). It just needs a label that commemorates the occasion and the woman in whose memory it was made. I don't usually do labels so if you can point me toward instructions for using the computer printer to print on fabric I would be much obliged.
I sent this one to Bellwether for hand quilting and I think they outdid themselves. They knew this was an extra special project for me and I love the attention to detail that went into the quilting in the basket and the outlines around the blocks and the baskets and the handles. Did I mention it was back to me in about 3 weeks?!?
Here's one more picture of the finished little quilt. This is my first red and white finish since last year's red and white quilt extravaganza in New York. The solid fabrics do showcase hand quilting well so I hope to make some progress on my other red/white starts.
And...a photo of the back to see the incredible quilting.
Finally, you never know where you will find inspiration. After spending all weekend cleaning up my sewing space I saw a Dear Jane block on Elly's blog and I knew I had to do at least one for myself. This is C-9 Jane's Tears. I thought the name was unfortunate because I was skipping around my sewing room after I finished it. That's what some happy red fabric and a little applique will do for you. It's a bonus when you find the prepped block under a pile of clutter. Clutter that's now gone, I might add.