This particular quilt is entitled "Red Letter Days" and was made for our son and daughter-in-law to commemorate their wedding in 2008. It is made from "leftover" napkin fabric!
red scraps and intended to use every single one up -- down to the selvage. Hence, "red letter days" is made from leftover fabric and was intended to be a memory quilt of all of the different fabrics. The label commemorates various special days in their relationship -- first date, engagement date, wedding date, among others.
I also washed all the napkins after the events. We wanted to make sure we got them back from the various sites and I surely didn't want them to mildew. Let's just say it was the right thing to do but was disgusting. We also found that some napkins disappeared as mementos of the wedding. Who can blame anyone for that.
The bride and groom were then able to bundle the napkins and give them as gifts to various friends and family members at Christmas that year. Everyone loved them as you might imagine....and the newlyweds were able to save a bit of money on gifts.
Orca Bay at Quiltville where today's clue is 5.5" red string blocks. I am all in. I don't have enough strings to make 64 blocks -- but with my 1.5" strips, I'm pretty close and shouldn't have to cut from my stash too much.
They are done! 64 5.5" string blocks -- pieced, trimmed, and un-papered. I have never ever stayed up with the steps in a mystery (of course I've never been retired when one was being offered either). I am happy to say the napkin selvages are GONE. The creepy bird wing fabric is ALMOST gone. All my red strings are gone. The basket is empty! So, as far as I'm concerned -- these are free blocks! But these are just the tip of the iceberg for reds, I think -- based on yardage. I hope you all are stringing away -- I love looking at the blocks on Bonnie's mystery link up -- so many red fabrics I'd love to have in my stash!