On our trip, we stopped in Amsterdam for a couple of days. Imagine my delight to find a fabric store just a short walk from our hotel. Den Haan & Wagenmakers makes reproductions of old Dutch fabric designs. I didn’t have my camera to take pictures of the store, but it is beautiful and you can see some on-line. If you are ever in Amsterdam, I recommend you stop in, even if only to drool.
I bought a kit for a quilt while I was there. All their quilt kits are sold in beautiful boxes like this:
I browsed the website before visiting the store, and was planning on buying a kit but had not chosen which one. When I saw this quilt in person, I knew it had to be this one. The picture does not do it justice.
The blocks are pretty small, and I only need 508, so it shouldn’t be too bad. Right?
According to my estimates, I should be able to do 20 blocks per month, which means it will take two years to piece all the blocks. Then I can add another year for hand-quilting, since if I am going to hand piece it, I am not going to machine-quilt it. My twentieth anniversary is in three years so that seems like a good goal. We’ll see how long it takes for me to realize that I’ve lost my mind and just piece the strips into a nice fence rail or something.
By now (mid-August) I should have 30 blocks completed. Total so far: 4.