As you can see, I'm linking to Amy's Creative Side's Bloggers Quilt Festival. There are lots and lots of wonderful quilts featured...so be sure to check it out. You won't be sorry but you will need an extra Diet Coke or cup of tea! She's an incredibly creative quilter and sponsors this opportunity for additional sharing among bloggers throughout the world!
This little quilt has had a long and unwanted life. I finished it about 2 years ago and even put the binding on -- just didn't stitch it down. I loved it but never could decide "who" it should be gifted to. So, it lingered in the UFO pile and I'd pull it out, do a little stitching on the binding, and put it up. It was truly an orphan.
I had finally decided that our four poster bed needed a quilt and that one done in 30's reproduction fabrics would be perfect. This block has lots of names, I think, but it was called "Grandmother's Choice" in the pattern book I found. I downsized the blocks to finish at 5" because I thought smaller blocks were more appropriate for the tiny motifs in the fabrics. I calculated I would need 72 pieced blocks for the full size bed.
I WAS WRONG! By about half, I think. Ultimately, I made the 72 blocks and started to lay out the quilt and all of a sudden, it was a large lap and a long way from being a full size quilt with some drape. I was done -- I had no desire to repeat history and make more blocks. It was time to move on and do something else. All of that probably contributed to my apathy in getting it done and presented to someone.
But, the good news is that "all's well that ends well". Our search for a home has been a journey with lots of twists and turns and our realtor has been a gem. We have used her twice before and she's been wonderful when we decided to retire and return to Kentucky but couldn't find a home that met what I was looking for. She actually "cold called" the people that ultimately sold us their home. She had seen a "for sale by owner" sign months earlier and knew the location and size were what we were looking for so she called to see if they would like to do a private listing for some "out of town" clients.
Once our sale was final, she scheduled some much needed and fairly serious surgery. My husband asked if we had a quilt for her as a token of thanks and I knew exactly which one to give her. We just had to have our furniture delivered so I could find it! All I had to do was finish the binding to give it to her before her surgery this week. I think this must have been who it had been waiting for as it's perfect for her. So - it has a home, she has a snuggle quilt to use in her recovery over the next month, and I'm happy it's finally where it needs to be.
PS - don't you love the shadow of the "invisible man" behind the quilt?