I'm going to quilt three of the tops myself currently living on the "to quilt" shelf. There are so many choices (at least 30) . . . . so how about the oldest for starters? That's good. And then one that I've pieced for to donate to a good cause. Okay! And finally, one that I treasure and love!
I think this is the oldest, certainly it's one of the oldest! It was a teaching sample back in the early 90's when I taught a series of classes based on the books of Mary Ellen Hopkins. Connecting Up was her first book using what most of you today call "flip and sew" or "snowball" corners. I'm pretty sure Mary Ellen was the first to come up with this idea and because she had such a large following of teachers it spread around the states like wildfire and the credit to her has been lost. The book is available through used book websites.
I love this setting of large and small bowtie blocks and the idea of two different background prints was "cutting" edge at the time. I almost let this one go 10 years ago when I closed my shop but my oldest daughter expressed an interest in it -- I hope she still wants it!!
This crazy teacup quilt is made with blocks from friends as part of a block exchange group and it would be fun to hang it in my dining room where my teacup collection resides.Karla has gone on to write several more books applying the concepts that were so new at that time.
I pieced this quilt top last year during Alison's QCQAL with the intention of donating it somewhere in the future. Many of you followed my progress as I applied Marti Michell's templates to Alison's instructions. Well, the future is here and I'm sure it will be easy to find a home for such a cheerful (finished) quilt!
I'm going to send one quilt top out to be quilted which is too big for me to handle with my increasing neck and shoulder issues. It's a sampler of baskets with appliqued cluster of flowers.
With my typical winter teaching load, I think this is about all I can commit to -- so here I go!!