Well ladies, I lost the battle. I've looked at too many Christmas collections for too many years to pass this one up. I made the decision after I looked at my books to see what I could make with it. I know I'm going to be so glad I did this. It's perfect for our Christmas quilt. I'll start on it as soon as it gets here, so there is no chance of it going into my stash.
The quilt I'm making is large - 94" square. It's designed by two of my most favorite designers - Alma Allen and Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs. I've had this book for several years - it was published in 2001 and I bought it soon after it came out. I've wanted to make this quilt ever since I first saw it. The blocks are large - 20" square. The appliqué pieces are nice and large. I want to add some plaids - I'm sure I have some in my stash that will work. I chose the green stripe for the background. I can hardly wait to get started with this!
This will be similar in many ways to my Friendship Garden quilt, that I posted early on in my blog. This quilt was designed by Alma Allen (half of Blackbird Designs) and Cherie Ralston, another of my most favorite designers. I've posted the picture of it here again for you readers who only recently found me. I did this one quite painlessly by setting a goal to finish one block each month. I'll do this one the same way, and shoot for a finished quilt for Christmas 2007. It will be my hope that this becomes a family heirloom passed down to my grandchildren and great grandchildren.
So please don't judge me too harshly, though I am prepared to receive 10 lashes with a wet fabric strip for falling off the wagon so dreadfully.