This quilt has a very fast and furious history. With lots of admiration and respect thrown in for good measure. Five weeks ago, Jacquie announced that she was moving to Chicago. Translation= she was leaving the guild we started together. She’d already called me with an “Are you sitting down?” greeting and I knew in my heart what she was about to tell me. My husband is in the consulting profession, too, and I know that sometimes you just have to move in order to see your husband on more than a ‘weekends only’ basis. I thought to myself, “Shea, let the first thing out of your mouth be a positive statement.” But I was so bummed. Before I hung up the phone, I’d already formulated a plan.
I’m sure she knew I was up to something, as begged me not to ‘make a fuss.’
I said I wouldn’t.
She told me I was full of ____.
And she was right.
A few quick e-mails later, the plan for the Windy City quilt was in motion. The members of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild are, quite simply, some of the very best people I know. The guidelines were:
- make a signature block that is 6.5″ (unfinished)
- use shades of orange (Jacquie’s favorite), gray, black and white
- piece it improvisationally if possible, because that is what Jacquie is all about
- and, one more thing….. do these blocks by the meeting the following week. Eek!