From time to time, my friend Lisa and I like to work on the same project. She works on hers in Washington, and I work on mine here in California. We call it a Challenge, but the challenge part is that we encourage each other to keep plugging away at the quilt, and to make regular blog posts on our progress. We both love doing this, and have about six future challenges in mind. We both agreed however, that our Summer Challenge would be to use the Prairie Paisley collection in a project that was on the cover of last summer's American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.
Lisa is ready to sew already, but I am still in the cutting stage. I have my project box all labeled and am nearly done with the cutting. I may finish it this afternoon. The fabrics are Prairie Paisley, designed by Laurie Simpsonfor Moda. The pattern is called Paisley Parade. We will undoubtedly come up with a better name for ours (sorry, some of these pattern names are so lame). Lisa called hers "I Love a Parade", which has a better ring to it. It seems very appropriate to use this happy red, white, and blue All American color scheme for a summer project!
I got my fabric at two different places--In Between Stitchesin Livermore, and Prairie Queensin San Jose. I have a lot of pieces, but not the complete bundle. I am pretty sure Lisa has the whole bundle, with a piece of every fabric in the line, so her quilt may show more variety than mine. At least, our fabric placements will undoubtedly be different. The pattern is a medallion style, which I seem to love these days. You really feel as if the quilt is coming together quickly as you add borders around the center. This is a great style of quilt for you to make if you find the block setting part of quilt making a bit of a bore.
Now, here is something interesting that I found while I was cutting. What is wrong with this picture?
Oooops. I wonder if this is like finding a stamp that has had a mis-print? Could this be worth thousands of dollars to a collector? Hundreds? Call me, we can talk.
For those of you who don't get the "ooops"---The fabric pictured above was designed by Laurie Simpson, not Sandy Gervais. The factory got the wrong label on the selvage. Making an error like this takes credit away from the designer and causes LOADS of problems for people who use the information on the selvage to identify and locate fabric.