Saturday, March 2, 2013

Twice As Nice!

My very dear sister, Suzanne, was home this afternoon to receive the second edition of my Sister's Choice quilt. She agreed to hold it up beside the doorway where she had hung up the first one to keep the drafts at bay from her unheated front hall. The Sister's Choice Part I is on the left, and the Sister's Choice Part II is on the right.

Part II has that brilliant chromium yellow which was the only one of it's kind in the swaps that I did to get all the variety in those Civil War 9-patches. We decided that was a good way to tell them apart.
The borders, inner and outer, and the binding fabrics are all identical, but the centers of the two quilts are completely scrappy. The green scrappy wings are all regular quilting fabrics (not Civil War) as are the backgrounds, too. With all those differences, the two quilts still "read" as a matched set!
Both are set 6 blocks by 8 for a total of 48 per quilt, and 96 in all. I thought that I would never be done with putting wings on the 9-patches! February 21st of 2011 was the first picture that I posted of the blocks going together, so it has been just two years in the making of them. It was hard to release them, but my sister did say thank you.

In the morning, I worked some more on those cute little 2" strip-pieced 4-patches for the Churn Dash Cheer quilt. For some reason, I decided to make them all match! Maybe I just have had a bellyfull of scrappiness, LOL!
Grace, from Maine, do you recognize this toasty brown fabric with the red flowers from The Lowell Collection adapted from The New England Quilt Museum by RJR Fashion Fabrics? You should! I believe you sent it in your Christmas package to me?
It just glows against the cream fusions by Robert Hoffman. I had wanted something that would play nicely with a warm red, which will be the sashing for which these are the cornerstones. This is perfect. Thank you again, Grace!



9 comments:

Angie said...

Wow, these two quilts are absolutely gorgeous! And I can't wait to see more of the Churn Dash... :p

Glady said...

The yellow adds a little pop to your quilt. They are both lovely!

Janet O. said...

I should hope you sister said thank you--and a lot more. Those quilts are wonderful!
Looking forward to the progress of the churn dash--one of my favorite patterns. : )

FeatherDuster said...

I love all your quilts. Can I be your sister? ;-)

Stacey said...

Vic, I just love 'em. I am trying to get started on mine. I thought I had chosen my fabrics, then Bonnie surprised us with a bright one that she has currently started. Hmmmm Which way to go? Bright or traditional?

Nann said...

The sister quilts look great together! Did you get a picture of you and your sister with the quilts?

cityquilter grace said...

i don't think it was from me...i sent you 2 yards of toasted by jo morton i think...i don't think i have any of the lowell collection; i got some "union forever" at the quilt museum but the other doesn't look familiar to me...

Beth Probasco said...

Vic, The quilts are great. I love them and it has been fun to watch your progress on them. Yes, now you need pictures of you and your sister with the quilts.
Beth in MN

Nancy said...

I adore these two quilts! And probably, if I were really honest with myself, I would have to admit that I covet having a quilt like one of these. Maybe it will be the next one I make....

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