Project Adoption Challenge!

My friend Wendy Hill (yes Wendy of the Quarantine Quilts series of posts where she made a quilt with the 4 rambunctious boys next door ages 4 – 8 as a diversion for them during the height of the pandemic) has been “KonMari-ing” her house. Using Marie Kondo’s methods she’s been going through her home organizing and letting go of that which does not give her joy.

I’ve recently benefited from her “KonMari-fication” (totally made up word, not endorsed by Marie Kondo, ha) when I received in the mail a project challenge.

goodies in the mail!

She sent me the pattern she wrote and all the material (pre-cut including bias tape) to make a quilt called Friendship Ring from her book Easy Bias-Covered Curves (Wendy Hill, 2006).

When I mean all the fabrics, I mean ALL THE FABRICS, to include pre-sewn blocks and examples of how to attached the bias tape…and the already created bias tape!

I was overwhelmed by her generosity. She decided she was not interested in making another one of these quilts (one had been made as a sample for the book), so it was just taking up space in her home (and not bringing her joy).

Here is what, in a perfect world (of me perfectly putting it together as instructed), the quilt will look like when done (thanks Wendy Hill for the photo):

photo credit: Wendy Hill

I already have a copy of her book Easy Bias-Covered Curves to help me with the technical aspects of assembling this quilt and finishing up the bias covered curves with all the pre-made bias tape she sent me:

The fabrics are lovely, they are a collection of 1930s type of prints collected by Wendy and donated by her friends who collected these types of fabrics.

So I’ve excitedly added this project to my project queue! I will of course blog about its progress when I start working on it. Thanks so much to Wendy for her generosity and for trusting me with carrying this project forward!

Let me close this post with my favorite Marie Kondo quote which I’ve referenced in previous posts in my old life (before my husband passed) such as The Space in Which We Live; and now in current life in which I had to let go of a lot from my wonderful old life to make space for this new reality and existence.

The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.

– Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

39 thoughts on “Project Adoption Challenge!”

    1. I’m very lucky to have Tierney adopt this prepped quilt in progress. I’ve made two of these quilts, with the 1930’s reproduction fabrics, and when the third came into my possession, I hoped to find a home for it. Tierney will do a beautiful job with it, I know.

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    1. I’m known for my attention to detail, but it’s really a very easy process to learn. It’s a shortcut in that you don’t have to sew curved seams, but it’s a bonus because you get to use more fabric and have more going on. I’m known for liking a little chaos too!

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  1. Well I love your adoption project! Have fun with it! And I want you to know that I have been reading and enjoying all your posts but was on my phone and WordPress insisted I needed to log in when leaving a comment..such a bother! And please tell Wendy that her project with her neighbors has inspired me to start a little penpal thing with my little neighbor boy and girl and we are having a lot of fun writing back and forth! Peace, Monique

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    1. Tierney did tell me that one of her readers started a pandemic project with their neighbors. These kids will have such good memories of their penpal project with you. Thank you!

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  2. As Mariss said – I am impressed with all the fabric prepped pieces especially all that homemade bias tape. It’s like you got a high end quilt kit ready to be sewn together…albeit the piecing looks labor intensive to me! Do you watch PBS newshour? The quilt on the back of the chair behind the guy reporter (I’m bad with names but good with details of ZOOM spaces behind ZOOMers!) there is a version of this quilt pattern in earth tones…just sayin’…

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    1. Oooh that would be pretty with earth tones! Since I got it for free with all that fabric I can’t really complain about the fabric choices – ha! I am super impressed that she sent me all that bias ready to go. Thanks for your comments and I will have to check out the PBS newshour.

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    2. Like anything new, there is some kind of learning curve. I’m really fast at making bias tape now! It’s a fun method that you can try on your own with (almost) any curved pattern. One print square makes two blocks (with 2 background neutral/contrast squares). Tierney might make that earth tone version sometime in the future!

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  3. Wow! That is an awesome gift, and I’m sure she is glad to have such a talented quilter and artist to pass this project on to πŸ™‚ And you will do amazing things with it! That is an excellent quote, as well πŸ™‚

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  4. Excellent quote. I have been cleaning my basement and have been working hard to bring it up to my current life. It is clinging to the past like mad! Most of the stuff is going into trash and recycling though. There isn’t much that people would want to use. That quilt is going to be gorgeous when it is finished.How sweet of her to give it to you.

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      1. Hi Tierney, if you run into any problems or needs some tips, just ask okay? It’s hard for me to judge the difficulty level because now in 2020, I’ve used this technique off and on for 20 years. Oh boy- can’t believe I first tried this method in the year 2000— a lifetime ago! I love methods that look complicated but really aren’t, and I think this might be one of them.

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      2. Well I’ve already impaled my finger on some of the pins that were pinning the different pieces of binding, does that count, ha? Your method is brilliant (I spent some time reading through the book) and the quilts look way more difficult than they are (I can fool people!) πŸ™‚


  5. Good for you to have a project that has the fabric selected, the pattern chosen and several blocks already in progress. Carve out a little of the pandemic time to dedicate to this project. Have fun!

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