Once I had the Boston Terrier fabric in hand, I found a housekeeping fabric online at Equilter.com. Still with no design in mind I ordered a yard.
When the housekeeping fabric arrived, I searched for quilt blocks whose names related to housekeeping or Boston Terriers. I chose Home Circle and Hearth & Home blocks. By making very large blocks, I could fussy cut the Boston Terriers and put them in the centers of each block, and I could put the housekeeping fabric in the large diamonds of the Home Circle blocks. The big spaces helped show off the theme fabrics.
I designed the quilt using Electric Quilt and using the Fabric Yardage Estimator I gathered a few more fabrics to complete the collection.
In early September I had seven of the nine quilt blocks sewn together. I took two sample blocks to church to show to my quilting friends. A lady accidentally walked away with the sample blocks, not knowing she had them. I attend a big church and I didn't know the lady. I put the project on hold, hoping she'd come back with the blocks the next Sunday. I got to talk to her and she promised to bring back the blocks, but several weeks later, she still has not returned them.
After a three-week break, I went forward with the quilt. The blocks would need to be replaced. Unfortunately there wasn't enough housekeeping fabric to make another block as originally designed, and the only leftover Boston Terrier fabric was in the bag with the missing blocks.
I re-designed the blocks, substituting dog paw fabric for the housekeeping fabric, and changing out the centers. I put the dog paw block in the center as if I always meant it to be there. The Hearth and Home block that has the different center really doesn't look that much different.
I'm looking forward to giving the quilt to Cristine and telling the story of her quilt. It's quite a tale.
Lessons & tips: If you need to meet with someone, be sure you have each other's phone numbers. The lady who walked off with my blocks had my phone number but I didn't have hers. I probably could have gotten my blocks back a long time ago if I had been able to contact her by phone.
If things go wrong as they did in this quilt, be open to alternatives. It's a good test of creativity to have to adjust. Who knows? Maybe the quilt will be better. Regardless, you will have a good story to tell about how you overcame a problem.
If the motifs of your theme fabrics are large, try large blocks with big empty spaces to show off the fabrics.
It took me 6 months.
It made me Very glad