While getting organized for the new year, I found an old project. It was really an idea that I forgot about. For about one year (several years ago) I had the idea that any practice blocks I made would be all from this bag of fabric. Then, when I was ready, I would have an orphan quilt that was coordinated. Well, seven blocks into good intentions I forgot about it and it went into a pile somewhere.
Using my handy-dandy notebook, I drew up a sketch, adding quite a number of 2-1/2″ squares. Most came from my tub of cut scraps, a few were from the fabric bag. It was nice to try out ideas. Erasing is much easier than unpicking. 🙂
Five of the blocks are in the quilt–the large center block and the four matching blocks in the corners. One block will be in the pillow. One was declared a dud and cut up into 2-1/2″ squares.
I did end up altering the original plan a little, but all in all I am really happy with the final top. It is about 50″ x 60″. A nice couch throw. I plan to donate it to the local women’s shelter fundraiser this year. Last year’s donation went so well that I really want to do it again.
I am planning a pillow, too. A matched set seems like more of an attraction than just a plain quilt. Together they make a room seem decorated.
Now, my question…last year I paid for the quilting. I am wondering–and I am really interested in hearing from any quilters out there–is it OK to ask a longarm quilter if they would be willing to donate the quilting? I know making quilts is a hobby for me, and for many people longarm quilting is a business. What is the protocol, if there is one. Your input appreciated.