Back in June of this year at my St. Louis retreat and during one of our show and tells, my friend, Rita, showed a scrappy black and white quilt that I just fell in love with. She was on a year long mission to use up all her stash and scraps without buying any new fabric. I think she had her mom's stash to go through, too. I thought, well heck!, I have a lot of black and whites, so I think I will do this one, too.
hmmmm....I don't know where all my black and whites went, but this was all that I had. I could have sworn I had a whole lot more. I am not even sure what I made to have used it up. There probably isn't even enough there to make a wall hanging let alone a queen sized quilt.
So anyways, my daughter had let me know that one of the quilt shops nearest me (Cristina's Quilt Shop in Rochester MI) was going out of business . This was the shop I would have headed to for blacks and whites anyways because she always carried such a nice array of them; and it was such a surprise to find out that she will be done and gone by the end of this month as her lease is up December 31. Even though her sale was only 15% off everything, I stocked up on a few black and whites.
Brought my husband with me and I think he was starting to sweat, especially when he saw the number of bolts I was pulling down and how many fats I had in my hands, but really...I only bought FQs or 1/4 yard pieces because once I am finished with this quilt, I really don't want to have a lot of left over pieces. So 34 FQs, one full yard of the upper left fabric (because I may use some of that for another project); and 13 - 1/4 yard cuts, I am hoping to get a queen sized quilt made that looks similar to Rita's.
Isn't it beautiful and I am thinking super easy to make, too.
I have yardage of white, but may have to run to another shop to find a plain red to throw into the mix. I am excited to start something new and something that I am hoping will be quick, too.
Thanks to Rita for the inspiration!