I am sure most of you are aware of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival that Amy is running over at her blog. Over 500 bloggers have posted their favorite quilts.
I finally took a couple of photos of my favorite quilt so I can join in the festival. My favorite quilt is my Y2K quilt. If you remember, in 1999 there were a lot of swaps of 2 1/2 or 3 inch squares of fabric. Most of the time, you sent multiple sets of 25 fabrics and received back as many as you sent but from different swappers.
I decided that I wanted to make a Christmas quilt so traded Christmas fabrics with others until I had 2000 different fabrics. At some point my definition of Christmas fabrics expanded to anything remotely Christmas – red, green, gold, almost anything. Actually there may be some repeats but I can’t find them and I am not going to try.
Back then, I had a real job and traveled every week. Flying was much easier then and I carried hexagons with me and worked on them in airports, on airplanes and in hotel rooms. I bought precut 1 inch hexagons from Paper Pieces and cut the 2 1/2 inch fabrics to baste to the paper. I then sewed them into blocks of 25 and stacked them up.
Once I had exactly 80 blocks in my stack I started sewing them together. Unfortunately, 2000 1 inch hexagons is not enough to make a quilt to fit my queen-sized bed so I appliquéd the quilt top to a border. I then added a second border and the quilt was ready to quilt.
This was before I had my longarm so I sent the quilt to a great quilter named Shirley in Ohio. She meandered the center of the quilt and did lovely borders, including pine cones in the green border.
I put this on my bed the day after Thanksgiving and take it off on New Years Day. I love this quilt.
I left the photos large so you can click on them to see it much larger.
I really do love this quilt.