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22 January 2012

Collaboration With a Stranger

I purchased several boxes of lovely yardage two years ago along with a vintage sewing machine all at an estate sale.  Mixed in with the yardage were a few ziplock baggies with cut fabric, some already pieced into blocks, some just kitted up and waiting.  Exactly the sort of thing you might expect to see in anyone's quilting collection.

One bag of cuts particularly grabbed my attention.  Many different floral fabrics each with one 6 1/2"x 3 1/2" rectangle and one 3 1/2" square.  I puzzled over them for a while, wondering what the quilter who cut them had planned for them.  I wanted to do her work justice, but I had no idea who she was or what she was like except that she had very good taste in fabric and she cared for it well.  

Eventually I decided to make the simplest blocks I could with these cuts.  I added my own neutral fabric and then layed them out on my bed and scooted them around until i got the closest I could to a color wheel.

I kept the quilting simple with apple cores, too.

Dear Unmet Friend, thank you for letting me collaborate with you on this quilt! I'll do my best with your other leftovers, too.


  1. great quilt! what a nice thing to say, too, I bet she heard you.
    Beth in Dallas

  2. What a nice find and a great result. You treated her work with respect. I can only hope someone treats my stash the same way when I can no longer use it myself.

  3. I think you used the pieces just as she would have wanted. It's a wonderful collaboration.


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