Sunday, 2 September 2012

Can a leopard change its spots?

Having successfully completed my August UFO, I was keen to find out what this month's number is.  And it's number 11 - which is my Bonnie Hunter Orca Bay quilt!  This could be quite a challenge, as this is the state of the quilt so far.  I somehow don't think I'll have a finished quilt by the end of September (especially since there are only 30 days in the month - I'm starting to find excuses already!).
And of course, instead of getting the pieces out of the box, I put the lid back on and started a new project!  Well, Barbara Brackman has started a new historical quilt BOW (Block of the Week) and I was dying to get on with this.  It's called Grandmother's Choice and has blocks which remind us of the fight for women's sufferage.  Did you know that in the UK women over 21 didn't get the vote until 1928?  If you'd like to have a look at the site, which is filled with fascinating pictures and facts about the struggle for women's right to vote click here.  Barbara suggests using appropriate colurs, such as the purple, green and white of the UK movement, the red and white of the Manchester group or the golds from America.  I really wanted to use the UK colours, but didn't really want a purple and green quilt - I fancied something more vibrant, which says 'Look how far we've come, baby!' so have decided on yellow-green and red-purple, which are complimentary colours on the colour wheel.   
 Here's my selection of fabrics, ready to go. 

And here's my first block.  That's vibrant enough!


Contented Caroline said...

Love it Lynda - great colour-way too. You certainly know how to whip a quilt together 30 days would be no problem for you. I shamefully have only made about five quilts so far this year - poor in relation to what I used to whip out!

Quilter Kathy said...

Yum! Love it! And I love that you shut the lid on the UFO and started something new...a quilter after my own heart!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Great colour choices.
Have you seen this other block of the week being re-issued that complements the Barbara pattern?
the appliqué patterns are here: