I had a love/hate relationships with slumber parties as a teenager. While I like a good time with friends, I also need my sleep. Particularly as a teenager, if I didn’t get six or seven hours of sleep I would get a stomach ache and be wrecked for the rest of the day. Because of that, slumber parties were torture for me–I always wanted to stay up until the last person went to sleep because I didn’t want to miss out on the fun, but the responsible part of my brain knew that if I didn’t go to sleep, I would be miserable the following day.
What does that have to do with these redwork blocks? Well, yesterday I saw that several flickr contacts that I really admire are making quilts to raffle to raise money for earthquake victims in Japan and I had that same feeling I had late at night during a slumber party–I really didn’t want to miss out on the fun, but I also knew I have lots of commitments in the next few weeks that I need to take care of. You can probably guess that I pledged to make a quilt and I made these first three blocks to get things going. The redwork centers are made by the wonderful ladies of the Bitty Block Committee and I’ve been saving them and my red fabric to make a redwork lap quilt, but up until now I didn’t know who it was for.
So the quilt has moved up in the cue and I’m hoping to finish a few blocks a day (plus cut out my Dreseden blades for Lily’s Quilts QAL…but that’s more a matter of courage than time) and then make a decision about if I have time to quilt it myself or if it needs to go to a local long arm quilter.
I do have a couple decisions to make before then. The quilt will have 12 of these 10″ blocks with white sashing. Currently I’m thinking I will add some red running stitches in the white sashing, but I need to see everything together before I decide if that is over kill. The big decision I have to make is if all the square will be this same design–simple frames that all incorporate some solid red, or if I want four different block designs. I’m thinking I could do another set of blocks that have the redwork bitty block offset, and a set of blocks that are a scrappy log cabin block (so they would have a wider variety of prints in each block), and a final set of blocks of some as yet undecided pattern.
What do you think?