When I was trying to decide which quilt to make for my Passion 48 project, I had some specific criteria in mind. I wanted to select a:
• bed-size quilt
• pattern that would challenge me
• design that I love, but might not spend the time to finish
• quilt that I could work on for 48 weeks without tiring of the photo, method, etc.
So I decided to choose Points of Pride by Dolores Smith and Sarah Maxwell of Homestead Hearth. When I first saw the cover image from the August 2010 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, I fell in love with this quilt.
Although I love the patriotic palette of the original quilt, those colors aren’t really me. I decided to brighten up my version by using a scrappy mix of blue, gray, and green fabrics.
In January, I spent an hour each week pressing and cutting. So far, I’ve managed to cut all the blue rectangles (320, to be exact) and more than 200 gray rectangles. My cutting skills were a little slow at the start, but by mid-January I hit my stride. I hope to start sewing in the next few weeks, maybe I’ll have some blocks to show off in February!
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