I was searching for these orphan blocks - from the Piecemakers Calendar Quilt probably 1996! My first attempt at quilting ... not a success for several reasons.
For a start 14 1/2" squares cut with no trim-back allowed, layers of applique with no cut-out behind each layer and embellished with silk-ribbon embroidery and beautiful beading - how was I going to piece this accurately and then hand-quilt through all those layers?
It was a very expensive class supposedly extending over 12 months - I was so enthusiastic, I happily got ahead of the class by following the directions on the calendar - easy peasy! Then my blocks were used by the tutor as class demonstrations - I was naive and lacked confidence and carried on for quite a few months, then thought 'Nuh, this isn't right!' Had a very unpleasant time with the store manager convincing him I was not going to continue.
That's all in the past and now I hope to make some cushions from these blocks - will be nice to turn an unpleasant introduction to quilting into a positive experience!
This morning I opened the box from the US from Stephanie -lots of lovely wrapped pressies and I have quite a few more, too - will show them in my next Post - can't wait until Christmas, all excited like a big kid! What a lovely time of year!
♥ ... Happy Christmas ... Hugs ...♥