.. you never know what trouble you can get yourself into, or so my mother used to tell me!
I'm not in trouble, but I am short of time. Last year on seeing the floor plans for FOQ I commented, with disappointment, that the proportion of quilts to traders appeared to have shifted in favour of the traders*. I like shopping, but I like to see a good selection of quilts too.
The friend that I made the remark to had the easiest of answers 'Where is your quilt?' and of course I hadn't entered and acknowledged that I could help reverse the trader/quilt ratio next year.
Lesson 1 - Be careful what you say you never know what trouble you can get yourself into
Last month I realised that it is "next year" and registered for the traditional (!) category with only a vague idea in mind. It was simple and striking ... and it didn't work
Lesson 2 - Always plan the visual, visually
So instead, I decided to remake a piece I made over ten years ago. That piece was half the size of the current one and used reverse machine applique. The current quilt is machine pieced with a fair amount of needle turned hand applique. And I'm loving every minute of it! Mind you I haven't got round to fitting the last pieces together (tomorrow) or the quilting of it yet.
Lesson 3 - ignore Plan A, go straight to Plan B in future, it's how things usually work out anyway.
And just to add the obligatory photo, here is some of the fabric:
* And the final irony is that there were actually more quilts last year not less!