This quilt has been in progress for a long time. I ran into Maria from Pinwheels http://www.pinwheels.com/ ---- at the Fort Washington Quilt Show about four years ago. I didn't know her and I didn't know her company. But on the wall of her stand was this terrific quilt made from fabrics I'd never seen the likes of before. She wasn't busy at the moment and we visited. She explained that the fabrics were Daiwabo taupe fabrics and that they were imported from Japan. They certainly didn't look like any "Japanese" fabrics I'd ever seen, and I was immediately smitten with their subtlety.
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The quilt on the wall was called "You've Got Mail!" and was from a BOM. Maria said she had one set left. "Not any more," I told her, and signed up on the spot.
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As the fabrics arrived over the next months, I could bear to cut into them. I was afraid I'd never have any more! But in time they all came, and by then I was on Maria's mailing list and had subscribed to her FQ of the month bundles and I certainly did have Daiwabo taupes. So I pieced the quilt. Joe was taken by it right away, and asked if he could have it when it was finished. He'd never asked for a quilt before -- not that the house isn't full of them. He wanted it hand quilted. And that took some time. But now it is finished, and yesterday he took a nap under it. I really loved making this quilt. And I really love the guy who naps under it.