On the sewing front, I have decided to make my Two Color Quilt Challenge quilt in red and white, using the Union Square block. The quilt top only has nine blocks set on the diagonal, so I will have plenty of half square triangles left over to make a small Lady of the Lake quilt as well, if I am not sick of red and white when I finish this one. The pattern I am using is from a Joan Hansen/ Mary Hickey book called The Simple Joys of Quilting, and the pattern is called Red Union Square.
A few of you said you would like to make a two color quilt along with me, which I think would be super fun. Susan from Blackberry Creek, Erica from Polka Dot Quilts, Jane from Sew Create It, Julia from Scrap Happy Quilter, and Patti from Quilting is My Passion all said they would like to join in. So, I guess we need some rules for the Two Color Quilt Challenge. How about if we set a deadline of August 1? And how about if we post on our progress a minimum of at least four times: this week or next week (to show our fabrics and describe the project), June 1, July 1, and August 1? If participants want to post more frequently, I say Go For It! When we post, we need to link to the other participants' blog sites so folks can check out everyones two color quilt project. On my side bar, I have created links to the other participant's blog sites, so check up on them often to see how they are doing. If you want to join in the Challenge and I haven't listed you, be sure to let me know and I will add you in.
Two color quilts are so lovely. I think we forget about doing them because the market is deluged with fabulous coordinated fabric groups, and we just go nuts and buy an entire line. It takes patience and time to collect a variety of coordinating fabrics in one or two color ways. The hunt for those perfect fabrics is the joy of quilting for me! We get lazy when the fabric manufacturers do all the work for us. Making a two color quilt is also a terrific way to use up fabric in your stash. The reds and whites in my quilt were a great surprise when I opened a box and found a stash of already made half square trianges and a gorgeous collection of barn reds. You just never know what you may have on hand and have forgotten all about!
If you would like a book on the subject of two color quilts, there is an excellent one by Nancy Martin called Two Color Quilts. I believe it is out of print, but still available from some used book sellers through Amazon. Another book on two color quilts is also called Two Color Quilts by Better Homes and Gardens, also out of print.