Last year my friend Lynn from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting showed a quilt on her blog that I just fell in love with. It is called Country Charmer, and is her own design.
I decided that, although it is a scrappy (eeeekk) quilt, I just had to make it. (I have "borrowed" the picture from Lynn's blog, without permission, I hope she doesn't mind.) I wanted to use Christmas fabrics, so I thought I'd wait until the start of the new year before I got going on it. It turns out I am not the only person who wants to make it and another friend, Lesley, The Cuddle Quilter and Lynn cooked up a bright idea. As a result, Lesley is running a Country-Charmer-sort-of-Quiltalong, and Lynn is going to post hints, tips and general useful bits on her own blog every other Thursday. So it'll be like having Lynn in the room with us as we sew, which is brilliant.
You'll notice I called it a sort-of Quiltalong, and that's because, in Lesley's own words
This is a no frills, no pressure, no anxiety quiltalong! All you need to do is to purchase the pattern, have your fabrics on hand, and you will be good to go. BTW, I am not affiliated in any way with the quilt shop. I just love the quilt and it would be a fun one to do with a group of friends.Lesley has divided the pattern into 7 steps, so that by the end of August we could all have completed tops, then there will be a final parade for December. There are no quilt police breathing down our necks here, but it should be fun and there are people from across the globe joining in. You can read more about the plans, and where to get the pattern on Lesley's blog, in this post.
So, I'm all hyped up and ready to go, when I run into a problem. Yes, already, before I even cut a single piece of fabric. I have been having second thoughts about the fabrics I want to use.
See, I told you I had a problem!
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