I worked on them almost the whole time I was at the Retreat a couple of weeks ago. I even showed this one to Sandy Klop because the blue with white dots fabric is from one of her first collections, Apple Pie. (I've been hoarding it for just the right project. And here it is! This is the "just the right" project where I'm finally pulling out a lot of those lovingly-saved fabrics.)
I'm also pleased to report Sandy liked my block. She's just nice like that. (I felt kind of like a proud Kindergartener showing my teacher my play-doh sculpture.)
Many people have asked what pattern I am using for my Union Jacks - I'm using this pattern by Busy Bee called Victory Garden. It is a great pattern and very easy to follow, even if you are new to quilting. I've modified it a little so that I don't waste as much fabric (the 'blue' field of the Union Jack wastes a lot.) So I end up kind of paper piecing those blocks (the ones with the diagonal stripes) instead.
And yesterday I found a way to break away and run to JoAnn with out too much childhood trauma inflicted. A lot of the Denise Schmidt collection was already gone (including the dots!) but I got a few pieces. I'm thinking these will work in my Union Jacks as well. I'm going to try and check back in the future for more.
Because I'd also love to make a quilt like this one that my mom made in the 1970's. Or this one that crazy mom quilts just made. I love them both. Puts me in the mood to just sit around and cut up fabric. But this is not the week (spring break). Instead we're off on an exotic adventure to the Library and Costco. (If I could just shower already.) Wish me luck!