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.