I know I am ready for a new project – I’m getting kind of tired of the same old things! The hexie quilt Handful of Scraps will be finished soon and I will be ready then for a new quilt to work on this coming year. It will be a challenging quilt and I will need to make sure to stick with it but it will take a year or more to make this new quilt. I mentioned it last year when I got the book that the pattern is in – but I had too much going on then to even start looking at fabric. My new project will be the historic Hertfordshire Quilt – not to be confused with Mrs. Billings – the two quilts are very similar and I wrote a blog post about it last year.
The fabric from the kit I ordered last week from the Green Fairy is the main fabric that will be used in it and I got it yesterday. I measured and refolded every piece and it came out to 11.25 yards – minus the cost of the ruler included, with my $15 gift card and the discounted price on the kit the fabric cost $30!! that comes down to less than $3 a yard. A very, very good find. All the folded fabric came in the kit, and the other fabric is from the stash. I don’t know if the stripe fabric will be in this quilt – it might go for something else – I will wait and see as I make it and decide as I go.
The jelly roll on it’s side so you can see the fabric better – it also was from a sale. I have more cream colors in the stash and other fabric that can be mixed in as needed.
Here is a flat photo of the quilt so you can see the whole thing. Why did I decide on this instead of Mrs. Billings? mainly the price – Hertfordshire is by Carolyn Konig and she has all the templates and pattern in her book “Creating Heirlooms – One Stitch at a Time” where as Mrs. Billings has paper templates, acrylic templates and pattern in a kit basically for several hundred dollars which might be what some of you want but I know I will be taking my time so it is just as easy for me to make copies on freezer paper from my printer from the book and cut the templates out with the rotary cutter a little at a time. Besides the price I guess I just want to be different! A lot of people over the last 5 years or so have been on the Mrs. Billings craze – I don’t know which pattern came out first and they are very similar – I just thought I would do this one. You can do a combination of machine and EPP or hand piece – I am not sure what I will do – combination or one method we will see. I know some of you will think I am crazy for taking on this quilt and others might just order the book and join in on the fun – if you decide to make this quilt too or have already done so let me know – I would love to see your quilt or the progress you make on it if you join me in this quilt.
I will have one more challenging quilt to make next year – an applique quilt and I will share that another time – a different type than the above for sure – yes two because I need to take a break from one thing and do something else – I always do it that way I can not work on one project at a time – even if this quilt ends up taking me 2 or 3 years to make – I remind myself that both of my Dear Jane quilts took me over 4 years to make each one.
There will be other quilts to make to by machine and they won’t be challenging like Hertfordshire but they will be fun to make too and using up the stash is a must! I am linking today to Esther’s Quilt Blog — Jo’s Country Junction — Midweek Makers — Sew Fresh Quilts —
Handful of Scraps – you can see the side I am working on – it needs one and a half rows and it will be done. I think I will probably just square up the sides straight and not do anything fancy with the edges. This will be a nice quilt for over the edge of the couch or on a wall. I have been working on it well over a year now I believe – I have it written down but not handy
Murrieta Stars from Monday night.
The outside of the is now decorated too – all decorating is done – let the Christmas Cookie Baking begin!