I drove to Greensboro to see a dear friend, Munirah, to work with her granddaughters planning quilts they would like. And to get one of her awesome haircuts. NO ONE else has cut my hair the way I like it, the way I feel like me, for nearly 20 years.
The moment I entered her home at 2 PM, I was greeted by, not just Munirah, but her sister, Samira too. It was as if I had entered a whole new world. Awesome home. Aura of peace. Compatible sisters sharing a home. Before the girls arrived, Munirah brought out her 2013 Red & White Twister Quilt. Next thing I knew Samira was brainstorming for a quilt for her bed.
We planned quilts in that whirlwind of activity & excitement from 2-6 PM. Samira ordered pizzas. We concluded our day in fellowship around the table. I had a quiet 2 hour drive home then sat down to capture the details in writing. FIve hours later, I could rest.
John (JR) Garland is a treasured friend since 2005, former neighbor and Vietnam veteran.
He chose this quilt over the others I am planning to make as soon as I can. Don't have his exact fabrics yet.
May 20: Been hoping to make this quilt for awhile. Made the mistake of stopping in at the local quilt shop just to say hello. Got me thinking deeper about fabrics. Contrast to make the flag (not the borders) "wave" is the key.
Jun 13: Settled on some fabrics. Wanted more contrast but this will work. Ordered Andover Stars Navy Fabric. I will piece or paper piece the stars if I can perfect it.
Jun 17: The navy fabric is here so I am all set to piece when I get/make the time. Working on my star. Found a paper pieced star pattern I like.
Jul 19: Pre-washed all the fabrics.
Jul 23: Asked Joan if she would be interested in doing the paper piecing. She just might.
Jun 14: Bought the project.
Jul 14: Got the first 2 blocks in the mail & all the coordinating fabrics for sashing, borders & backing.
Jul 16: Never done a BOTM project. I am going to try to do this one month by month starting this evening. Also my first paper piecing. Finished the paper piecing part.
Jul 17: Cut the squares in 1/2 square triangles & pressed. Cut off the dog ears & removed the paper. Layout out the 2 16" blocks & started sewing the rows together.
Jul 21: Have a few minutes to continue sewing the rows together.
Ye Olde Forest Quilt shop has moved across the street more or less. Solicited to help, we had fun nonetheless while tolerating the heat, the work, the chaos, the meal breaks, did I mention the heat?, the concrete floors, the water--lots and lots of cold water. :Slowly things came together for the most incredible sale one could imagine. Batiks, grunges & other Moda bolts all on sale for ridiculously low prices plus an extra % off for end of the bolt. Patterns, Anita Goodesign CDs, needles, books, thread, so much more I can't begin to cover it all.
Fabric I picked up includes
AH! The sale has been extended all week
Occasionally I buy fabric if the price is super right like $5 yard & gorgeous. Here is my limited stash. If you can use any of these, let me know. The same is true of other Planned Projects. Eventually I hope to get around to them but if you see something you like, let me know.