It has been a busy afternoon here. I looked at my list of monthly birthday blocks and discovered that for March Carolyn wanted six inch CWs, anything but 9-patch blocks. I had a lot of fun making four for her; once I got started, I really didn't want to stop. I still need to make one more March block for Julie and I'm hoping to do that this evening yet.
Realizing that April is going to be a bit busy for me, I looked ahead to find that Jo wanted a 9 inch Churn Dash of CW on shirting and that was quickly and easily accomplished. As soon as I have Julie's block finished, I'm off to the Mailboxes place to send them to their rightful owners.
Something has happened to me that has not happened before. Someone has become smitten with Melanie Wilkes and has asked to buy her. I've never sold a quilt and never wanted to because I thought that somehow that would take the joy out of the craft, and this person knows that. But she thought she'd ask anyway. I told her "no" right away. And then thought about it. She's a wonderful woman who has meant quite a bit to me for nearly forty years. She's given to me in many ways and has never asked anything in return. I've already got another CW quilt in my mind and a person only has so many beds (we have two). So I wrote and told her I'd changed my mind.
Since this is a new experience, I didn't know how to price Mellie. I knew she wasn't going to be cheap (like Emmie Slattery) because she's so big (queen size). I added up the cost of the batting, the backing and binding fabrics, and guestimated the cost of the fabric in the top; they I added on what the machine quilter had charged me. I came up with $260. I asked my friend if she could go $350. For any of you who have sold quilts, I'd love to hear from you whether my price sounds right. Or is it too high?
Today is the last day of February. Thanks be to God!