I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
The winner (at long last) of the little quilt giveaway is Judith (no blog) from the south end of Vancouver Island. I have your address so I'll be sending it off to you when I go back to the post office later this week.
I promised myself I would make a challenging quilt in 2013 so I've chosen the Mary Mannakee quilt pattern which is a reproduction of a quilt in the DAR collection. I visited "Mary" several times over the summer while she was on display and she's quite a looker. Mary Mannakee lived in Rockville, Maryland back in the 1850s and I was born there a century later. We're practically neighbors. I intend for my version to be as true to the original as I can make it with just a few block substitutions.
My first block is pictured above. I figure I can make some progress if I set the Baltimore Applique Society's monthly meetings as my goal to have a new block for show and tell each time. A block a month, how original. This first one was pretty easy but those tight inside curves on the center motif reminded me how much I hate appliqueing tight inside curves. How exciting it is then that block number two has many more.
The blue lines aren't in my block; they are on the cloth behind it. I'll have to keep the sheerness of my background in mind when getting ready to quilt the finished top (sometime in the next decade).