I tend toward plain neutral backgrounds. I am chicken I guess.
I really liked Diann of Little Penguin's grey background.
and the prints background at Jamie's L'fair.
and Susie's print background.at knitty quilter.
I shopped online and added several great backgrounds to shopping carts. But, then I had an epiphany and realized I should use my stash. What a novel idea.
I decided on this crosshatch background in gray that looks print like, but also more black and white. Ha -a tribute to all three of my wishes. I had 3 yards and Angela suggested 3 1/2 but I can make it work. right?
So I made the blocks. oh, I really like them. Oh, I will want to finish them. Oh,what if I don't have enough. I was pretty sure I had bought the fabric at Joanns, and it was a keepsake calico. I will look to see if they have any more just in case. And, then, I made 2 wrong cuts, and I knew I would be in trouble.
A trip to Joann to find there was the same fabric, but with a different dye lot and much darker. It wouldn't match at all. sigh..
Without telling you all the overthinking that went into this simple statement, I decided to go to a neighboring town and see if they had any of the old dye lot to match. Hubby said he would drive me (getting close to valentine's day) yesterday, and they had 2 1/2 yards of the same fabric. what a blessing.
The clerk checked on her computer thingy, and said the only other store in Indiana that showed having any of the fabric was in Bedford nearly 3 hours south of here. Talk about a quilting miracle.
I think this will be a fun sampler. So scrappy will be releasing a new block every Tuesday in the color of the month. You should do it too.
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