Back in 2004, I took part in a local quilt shop's monthly Block of the Month program (BOM)...you purchase the first block for $5.00 and sew it up. You go to a mini-meeting the next month, listen to a short infomercial, show you made the previous month's block, and walk away with the pattern and fabric to make the next block. If you don't go or don't get the block made, you pay $5.00 for the next block set. Theoretically you can make 12 blocks for only $5.00 if you attend every meeting and make each block. You can either purchase a kit to put the blocks together to make a quilt or use your own fabric and design to set them. I usually purchase the kit each year. This particular year, 2004, the choice for size was a crib quilt, a lap quilt, a queen quilt, or a king quilt. I really, really wanted to make the king quilt but neither of us were working at the time and I could not justify the $100.00 it would have cost to buy the kit. John told me that if I bought any kit other than the king-sized one, I would never be happy about the finished product. (He knows me so well!!!). He said we would find the money when the time came to get the finishing kit. And so I signed up for the big one.
I made each of the blocks that year and purchased the kit....fast forward to autumn of 2013...the quilt still hadn't been completed...it was a huge quilt, larger than any other I'd ever made, and required a lot of concentration and precision to compete. I set a goal of completing it once John left to move to Utah. In fact, he said that once I finished the quilt, the house would sell and not before. You see, we'd agreed that this quilt required nothing less than custom quilting done by my very talented quilter here in Missouri. So I set about getting everything done so I could send it to her...gave it to her in February and it took her about 4 months to quilt it...now the only thing left to do was to tack down the binding and it was done. John kept reminding me that the house would not sell till the quilt was done. Today I finished tacking the binding on this monster quilt. And I give you:
The Latte Quilt - Now, Sell, Dammit!
I am so proud of this quilt....it's been a long time coming and it will proudly be displayed on our bed once we get settled in Utah. And if John is right, we should be getting an offer on the property soon! I hate it when he is right!
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