Change of plans

On Friday afternoon I called the longarm quilter to find out if and when she could baste two quilts for handquilting. It turned out that she was about to start two fairly large projects, but she could squeeze my basting in before those if I brought the quilts to her on the weekend. Otherwise I'd be waiting over a month. Guess who finished preparing quilt backs on Friday evening and went for a little drive on Saturday?

That left me a bit at loose ends on Saturday so I decided to use the time to work on my swap blocks. I cut up enough fabric for the rest of my sets and sewed up a few. I did a few more on Sunday. Then I figured spring was showing signs of actually arriving (yay!) and that would lead me to yard chores and planning flowerbeds and that would lead to less quilty time so I decided I really should just go ahead and sew all the blocks up now. This is how far I got:

Obviously they still need frames. The rest of the blocks got as far as you see on the right. Then the quilter called and said the quilts were basted and my focus shifted completely! I just had to start quiting and see if the motifs I had planned for them worked as well on the quilts as in my head. Pictures will follow eventually. I'm off to quilt!


  1. The blocks look beautiful! Done in just blue, this quilt would be stunning, too. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one getting ahead of the game. I look forward to seeing what you've had basted and how you quilt it.

  2. Oh, love the blue and white blocks! I have a thing for two color quilts, but you know that don't you?


  3. I thought your first blocks were made with beautiful blue fabrics and now you have added more! They are gorgeous, Joanne. You certainly have a great start and we will all be thrilled to receive them. Be sure to give us a peek as to how the hand quilting goes. As for the garden, planning has started here, too. The big hole in the garden was filled in today (two and a half yds. of black dirt delivered) and the snow has barely melted! Mary

  4. I'm glad to see so much blue because blue is my favorite color and I am hoping for a blue block when it is my turn. These are beautiful!

  5. Ohhh look at all of those! Great job! :) Christine

  6. Great idea to get them done early! AND they are beautiful! Wish I were in line for one, or two,.....or a dozen! *wink* ---"Love"

  7. ooooh lots of lovely blocks, a whole quilt of blue and white would look fab. I'm rather ashamed of my garden I haven't been out there since September!!!

  8. The blocks are sure pretty!!! I don't know if I will get busy on preparing all of them early or not. Maybe I'll continue what I started and do 2 months at a time. I'm trying to decide which fabrics to use. I might go with different fabrics for each 2 months. On Monday I'm going to get the first 2 sets ready for mailing.

  9. They are just fantastic Joanne! How did you get on with your quilting motifs? I have to start deciding how I will quilt Iced Mocha Latte. Happy Stitching, Ann :-)

  10. I love your blocks...they would make a great quilt by themselves;)
    Happy Quilting!!


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