MQ: What was your reaction when you first realized you would be required to design a quilt that incorporated the fabric you received?
“I figured that when the fabric arrived that we would be using it in the next challenge. The fabric is beautiful but not the colors or combinations that I am used to working with. I immediately hung the fabric up at the end of my kitchen so that I would become friends.”
MQ: What was the first step you took to design this Challenge 2 quilt?
“My immediate action after hearing I would be moving on to the next challenge with this fabric was to see if I could get any of the fabrics from the fabric line to go with the focus fabric and to determine what colors I had and what I needed. As I stated above, these are not the colors that I usually work with. I had many of them and several of my hand dyed fabrics were perfect but I really needed to add some fabrics in a couple of the color groups that I didn’t have anything in. The second step for me was to design something that I might be able to work on while on a car trip to California with my youngest daughter who is moving there to take a great job. I will be gone from home for one week. I needed to make sure I received all of the fabrics I ordered which were critical and that I had a design that I could possibly hand piece in the car. As of today, we are leaving tomorrow, all is good. Everything has arrived and the design which I think is going to work very much lends itself to hand piecing.”
MQ: Have any of the sponsor prizes you received come in handy so far?
“Oh my goodness, the prizes were fabulous and so very generous. I must mention though that the Clover rotary cutter is my new best love. I have always used Olfa, habit I guess and have never tried any other brands. This thing is great. Smooth as silk. I am totally in love. Also, the mini presser is going with me on the road trip for pressing in the evenings at the hotel.”
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