I usually don’t order kits, but I when I saw “Soiree” in a Connecting Threads catalog, I was intrigued. And then came an advertrisement with a sale price. So I ordered the kit, a yard of rust red for inner border and binding, a yard of the stripe for an outer border and a bit more backing so I could make a larger quilt.
I began cutting and piecing the blocks at a retreat at the end of February. It was quick and fun and an efficient way to utilize a layer cake of 10″ squares.
“Happy Times” pantograph by Lorien Quilting added interest in the plain alternate squares. For quilting, I used a medium gray thread.
My husband’s Granny, a native of Chilhowie, VA, always kept some quilts in her cedar chest to share with neighbors in need. I plan on following the family tradition by sharing this quilt with a college friend who recently suffered a devastating house fire. I think I’ll rename it “Beauty from Ashes.”