A friend gave me some old challenge blocks from our Pieceable Souls quilting group a couple years ago. They have that wildlife, lodge, outdoors thing going on that is so not me. But you know how it is with friends. About ten different people had made them for the challenge, so they have a special sentimental quality that cannot be replaced by the use of fabulous fabrics.
Auditioning some fabrics
All along I thought it would be great to incorporate them into a cozy lap quilt and then of course, give them back. I don't want to get all crazy and intricate with these particular blocks, but they do need to look like I care. Like I think they're special. Which of course they are! There's a date in the fall that would be a perfect time to re-gift these blocks and so that's my tentative deadline for now. We'll see how long my enthusiasm holds up!
Figuring things out
I drew up a quick little sketch to come up with some basic measurements. As the blocks range from 11 3/4" to almost 13 1/2", I'll most likely be starting with some coping strips to bring the blocks up to a common measurement. From there I can fine tune the sashing and layout. No matter what, this will be a very non-stress quilt right up to the moment I hand it over. Then I'll be sweating bullets.*wink