I got my husband to hold this up outside last night so that I could get a pretty good picture of it. He didn’t want to be in the pic.
There’s a story behind this quilt….I have been an election judge for 5 or more years now. My precinct might have 300 or so voters. Of that number 150 or so might vote, especially in the primaries. It’s a verrrryyyyyy llllooooonnnnngnggggg day! We open the polls at 6 a.m. and close them at 7 p.m. and then there’s more work. I might get home by 9 or a little before. You know those pictures you see on television of people in lines at the polls….that’s not us! There’s not much to do all day except visit, read, and eat. I decided not to waste that time. I had a lot of old hand dyes. By old, I mean they were the ones dyed on less expensive (aka cheaper) muslin. They were the ones I did in my early days of dyeing. I decided to use them all up in a quilt. I chose a simple block. Every time I worked an election, I would take my pieces ready to sew and hand pieced every block. It was a lot of fun and filled in the time so well. When I used up the fabrics I sewed the blocks together on the machine into this colorful quilt top. Now I just have to decide how I want to quilt it….I am thinking big funky flowers and some wavy lines….and what my next project will be for future election days. Of course, we could be busy at the one coming in November!