It’s official

The Neapolitan quilt is finished and has been turned over to the quilt shop. I’ve printed and folded and stuffed and punched the patterns. They’re working on kitting it up – most of it has already been cut, but they needed to add a couple of pieces. Best of all, she has confirmed that they will be taking the quilt, the kits, and a couple extra patterns to Quilt Expo in Madison, WI in September! Woohoo!

Now I’m on to my next project, called Basket Case. Mom is going to do the sample for this one since I need to focus on my string blocks for the Summer Stash Challenge. I also need to finish up the website I’m working on for my brother’s boss. I’ve been putting that off for far too long.

Then I can finally get back to new quilt ideas! For some reason I’m really driven by names. I like the naming of the pattern almost as much as designing it. For Basket Case, the name prompted the design, and I have another idea in my head for a simple batik quilt called Sweet Potato Fries. I think that will be my next project. I also want to build a quilt around my Anxiety block.

I just read in Camille Roskelley’s blog, Simplify, that their Cotton Blossoms fabric line has just been released. This is one of my favorite new lines and I hope to be able to work with it. Since I’m not allowed to buy any new fabric, that means I hope I can put together a great pattern and the quilt shop owner will suggest I make a sample quilt!

Oh, back to Basket Case – Mom and I dug through my stash and pulled tons of fabric, but nothing really jumped out at us. (Now my stash is in desperate need of reorganization since about a quarter of it is on the floor.) Then Mom remembered some fabrics she picked up a year or two ago, and it’s perfect for the pattern! I added just a touch of green from my stash, and we’ll probably have to pick up some solid creamy yellow background fabric. The main fabric is from the Picket Fence line by Chloe’s Closet for Moda. It’s a retro 40’s look in soft blues, reds, and creams.