Let me count the ways. #1 - it's a Miss Rosie pattern! #2 - it's 3 Sisters fabric! #3 - it's a fun project to work on with your friends! #4 - it's Miss Rosie, for crying out loud!
I absolutely adore this quilt and loved every day that I was sewing it on. I was lucky enough to get a bundle of Maison de Noel fabric at a local craft store's post Christmas sale in 2004(?) for 50% off. SCORE! I also acquired some of the plaids from the collection and some of the background, planning to make Toulouse, which featured the same fabric line.
A couple years ago, Nicole started this beauty. And a couple of months ago, I was reminded about the quilt by a comment Thelma posted to Nicole's blog. This led to a super-fun email exchange between me and Thelma, planning to make this quilt that we both loved. Problem was, this fabric was long gone from stores, especially the reds and whites. Thelma was able to find a few of the blues and greens, and I promised her that I would send her whatever leftover pieces I had to help fill in.
I wanted to use every piece of fabric I had to make the scrappy flying geese border. My favorite method for making geese uses Eleanor Burns' rulers, and with her method, you get 4 matching geese with each pair of squares. Using all the fabrics, I would end up with about twice as many geese as I needed for my border, so I offered to send my extra geese to Thelma to use for her border.
Thelma did me one better, and urged me to send her half the fabric squares and she would make half the geese and send half of her finished geese to me. So I did the same with mine. So fabric was mailed, geese were sewn and exchanged between Washington state and Illinois. We had a lot of fun and sent a lot of emails back and forth talking about this quilt. I also had 2 background fabrics from the Maison de Noel collection. One the icy blue on white twigs and the other the red on white twigs. I had enough of both fabrics to use either one for my quilt, but decided I liked the softness of the icy blue. I offered Thelma the red and she ended up using that for her background. Perfect for a lover of red! I know she had some doubts about how strong the red seemed, but I think her quilt turned out fabulous, don't you?
Nicole used her own collection of red and green fabrics from her stash, and it also makes a stunning version of Toulouse.
I know I've said this before and risk repeating myself, but if you have any hesitation about Miss Rosie's patterns, please put all that silliness out of your head. Yes, they are complex looking, but break it down into the simple components (9-patches! flying geese!) and the sheer genius of designer Carrie Nelson will reward you with the most beautiful masterpiece. Pieced borders that fit together perfectly. It's a feat of engineering, I tell ya!
This has been a fun project for me. As I said before, I loved every minute sewing on it, and that's what makes quilting fun for me. Thanks for stopping in and be sure you visit Nicole and Thelma to see my Toulouse's fraternal triplets!