This is a quilt that I have been working on with my mother. When we bought this fabric together from a mail order catalogue we were so excited until we actually opened the package and decided at once that we had made a wrong decision and hated the plaids. They were so garish and we had ordered a pack of 40 different fat quarter prints. We didn't know what we were actually going to do with all of them and they sat in our basement for years until we finally decided to just chop them into squares. Yes, we chopped and chopped. We took out out hatred for those little pieces of brightly colored fabrics and then left them in a pile because we didn't know what to make next.
It was my mum's idea to make a bunch of patchwork hearts and once we made these, we added different shades of light and dark beige background fabrics. Some had a dash of gold. Others had the outline of white daisies. Suddenly, the quilt started to take shape and we started to fall into like with it.
After a long day of work, (I was working at 5:30 this morning!) I love to unwind by just sewing patchwork squares together. First two, then four, then a strip, then another strip and another until it transforms itself from the ugly caterpillar into the beautiful butterfly. What makes it better is that my mother and I made it together (and she did all the hard bits).