This is the story of a quilt are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.
There was/is actually a solids online shop in the UK and I started buying some fabrics there as I didn't have much in the way of solids being a proper print sort of a person.
The shop was run by Mandy! I even went to my first big quilt show in 2011 at the NEC in Birmingham and told Mandy I would be going.
I was also making my first real life encounter with a blogging friend and that marvellous person was Susan! Have to say we didn't stop talking all day!
We found Mandy (and hubby)
and I bought some more gorgeous colours with the intention of making a colour chart as I didn't think those commercial ones were much good as the samples are so small (have to admit to buying one since though). I even tested poor Mandy on her knowledge of her fabrics.
.....turns out I thought the dark background didn't show my solids off as well as they should. Result project parked for a while....
Then the online shop was sold onto someone else - a friend of Mandy's - enter Justine! She temptingly started a solids fabric club and I joined in, thinking this would help my colour chart (which I still hadn't picked up again but that little detail didn't stop me)
The fabric arrived and piled high - six lovely solids in one of the major colour groups every month for a year, and they piled higher and higher!
Now this project has been on my UFO lists (I have several - I have needed that much encouragement) until this month when challenged by May who runs the Lazy Bums group to pick up a project with lots of blocks in it and a date was set for a marathon stitch along or global retreat as it was called - different places, different time zones, different projects, different people! I managed to double my tally of blocks from 18 to 36!
By now my blood was up, my skills were up (I had to relearn how to make those blocks - much unpicking accompanied those first few blocks) and I was raring to go!
So this project grew
Welcome to Konaville!
And finally at 81 blocks I think this project is finished - all bar the layering, basting, quilting and binding.
But that my friends is another story!