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I am getting more and more exited about the upcoming sequel of my current quilt pattern. It will contain final instructions for piecing all the blocks into one gorgeous quilt top.

Suddenly I have to think of my flag problem again. I know that I am not content with my two attempts. Yet, I must own that I did not mentally work on the problem since, and still have not developped a better concept.

An idea just popped into my head: If I cannot think of a better flag, why not have a look at what other quilters excogitated. The other week, I visited a friend who sews herself every now and then. She showed me some of her works which were very fine indeed and I admired accordingly. Eventually, she showed me a book that she bought some years ago at a very low price. It was a coffee-table book, maybe you already know it, I think it is very popular:

© 2011 by HS

Quilts by Dennis Duke and Deborah Harding. ISBN 978-3895082245

As soon as I got home, I browsed the internet for a copy of my own. And whithin a very short time I found people who would sell this book—new for a horrendous price (which this gem is worth, I think), and second hand in various states (from decomposed over slightly used to as good as new). I did not hesitate and ordered my copy from a very nice woman in Bavaria.

I have only “flipped through” it three times by now, and have yet to read all the captions and the specialised texts. But I am totally and completely amazed by the quilts presented there. It is like a walk through a grand museum. You stand in a room, on all four walls hangs an antique quilt—each a piece of art. You gaze up at them from the waxed wooden floor, breathing the wood and the old cloth. Then you turn the corner, and even more precious quilts take you in. You read the little metal plaques and begin to imagine the seamstress at work. It is just the same with this book: the wooden floor, of course, is your seat. The walls are the pages. You flip the page and enter the next ‘room’. And you gaze, and gaze, and gaze …

And now my idea is: I will examine each quilt in this book, constantly bearing in mind my flag problem. And who knows—maybe I will come up with a new idea. I think it is worth a try.