Monday, April 25, 2011

And Now for Something Completely Different

There's a stall at some of the quilt shows and I don't know the name of the company*, but their display is just wonderful and the bright colors always command my attention.  The stall sells gorgeous fabrics from France and also terrific baskets from someplace in Africa -- it may be Ghana.  I always stop there.  

One year they had on display a quilt that was just simple bright squares with a stripe border.  I couldn't take my eyes off it.  The woman working there told me that it was charm packs; she told me how many.  And she told me how much yardage for the border.  I looked at the yardage and picked a flowery stripe that I liked, gathered up the charm packs, and had the top together almost before I got home!

And then it languished in the UFO pile, just waiting.  This month Nancy's UFO challenge called for Number Two -- the French Provincial Squares. I got the backing pieced, the binding cut and sewn together and took the top off to the  machine quilter.  Got it back on Wednesday and have spent the past three nights binding it. At some point I'll get a better photo of it, but right now, I'm just delighted to see it in its long-awaited finished state!





*PS:  Googling "French fabric and African baskets" yielded the name of the company:  French Connection.

10 comments:

quiltmom said...

Nancy,
Wow- thanks for the link- the colors are superb- I loved looking at the baskets and all the rows of colors- Made me smile. Thanks for sharing.

I love your quilt too.
Regards,
Anna

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, isn't it nice to have a finished quilt and one less UFO. Nice job. Thanks for sharing.
cindy

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

It is beautiful; you did great work.

Kathie said...

very nice! I have bought from them too, always bright happy fabric that look like reproductions!
congrats on a finish, oh just love that border fabric!
Kathie

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I knew right away, French Connection is always one of my first stops at those BIG shows... I get there before the baskets get too picked over!! Your quilt is terrific, love it!!

Gretchen said...

It's gorgeous! I love the Provence fabrics and the simple pattern. Just needs a picnic lunch to go with it.

Frog Quilter said...

Love it. Love the cute black socks too. :-)

Lori said...

I like that a lot! Very French looking too!

floribunda... aka Julie said...

Great quilt, Nancy! It gives me ideas for the little bag of Provence fabrics sitting on my shelf for 5 years now...

AnnieO said...

Simple, bright, and cheerful; check, check, check. Looks wonderful!

P.S. Love your quilt holder's black socks, LOL!