I just had my eighteenth anniversary, and that means I only have two years left for my Dutch quilt. For any new readers, my Dutch quilt is a kit that I got in Amsterdam made up of reproductions of antique Dutch fabrics. I am making the entire quilt by hand, and estimated that it would take three years to finish. I set the goal of finishing by my twentieth anniversary so that I have something to work toward. There are fifty different fabrics, and each one is used about 20 different times. There are no two identical blocks – each is a unique combination of fabrics.
These little blocks are about 4″ square, and I have to make 508 of them. I take them along and work on them during music lessons, swimming, at the library – pretty much any time I am waiting for my kids. It makes me feel good that most of these have been made during times I wouldn’t be doing anything else anyway.
By the end of the month, I should have 227 done, with 281 to go. Not quite 50%, but 45% – not too bad. That means for the next year, I have to average 24 per month instead of 20. The third year will be for joining and quilting.