Dec 2011: During my trips to see my kids and Ye Olde Forest, there were the most beautiful fabrics laid out in the back room being cut into kits. Blocks actually. Someone had been hard at work! Thus I joined my first Block of the Month Club. The kits weren't ready for me to bring mine home so I may start off behind. For a simple longarmer, this kind of piecing will be a challenge.
I am planning to use the Double Star pattern from the Strip Tubing book. This requires the special strip tube ruler. I am using one Kaufman Northwoods Roll-Up (Forty 2.5" x 44" strips of coordinating fabrics), 2 background fabrics: 1 light & 1 medium and a border fabric I chose from the Valley of Kings collection. The roll-up and the border fabrics are metallic. I so hope this will be a stunningly beautiful quilt.
Jul 26, 2011: Started this post.
Jul 2011: Cut the strips from the two neutral background fabrics.
Jan 21, 2012: WOW! I can't believe it has been 6 months since I bought this project & started on it. I put it away almost immediately to work on customer projects. Time to get on with it!! Today I laid out the strips arranging them in the way I want to sew them. Next I will sew two strips together & then sew a background strip top & bottom right sides together to that. I need 22 of these! That's all I know for now.
Jan 22:Started sewing the strips together. Stopped at 10 sets. Decided to see if can get a second roll-up from Ye Olde Forest so I don't have to use the lights. I think I need the darker strips to contrast with the two background fabrics.
Jan 27: At the extravaganza event in Statesville, Joanne let me know she has a roll-up!
Jan 28: Finished pairing up the strips and ready to make 12 more pairs.(I changed cameras. Can you tell?
Feb 12: Finished sewing all the strips into pairs.
Apr 15: Sewed 6 tube strips and cut them into squares using a 90 degrees triangle ruler. Did a temporary layout to see how it will go.
Apr 18: Finished sewing all the pairs to their background fabric (tubes). Next I need to cut a whole lot of squares, 1/2 with a background fabric & 1/2 with a strip pair. All the squares are cut.
Apr 19: 220 squares (22 sets of 10) are ironed and ready to arrange.
Apr 20: Down to 48 blocks: 8 rows of 6
Apr 21: Rows are together
Apr 28: Finally have all the rows connected so the main quilt top is now in one piece. Added the first solid blue border. Decided to not add the metallic 2nd border. Quilt top is finished.
Quilt is loaded using gold tonal flannel backing & Quilter's Dream cotton deluxe batting, hopefully to soften and give nice drape to the stiffer metallic top plus added warmth for this winter themed quilt.
Apr 29: Working on IQ pattern selection. THANKS SO MUCH for your feedback on this.
Apr 30: Selected Pom Pom & programmed IQ & prepared the overlay.
May 01-03: Out of town
May 04: Quilting...
May 05: Quilted
Nov 23, 2012: Just came in--my finished quilt bound by Laura Mourning.
Jan 2013: Given away.
This applique quilt with custom quilting is so beautiful. I will be adding the binding for Joan. So far my hands allow me to do this while her's do not.
Jan 14: Prepared and attached binding. Hand stitched one side. 1/4 done.
Jan 15: Continuing with the hand binding. 1/2 done.
Jan 16: Finished the binding.
_ "Purple tulip quilt blocks were applique blocks started (and nearly completed) by my Aunt, Aletha Herzog Mays -- the oldest of my mother's sisters. A couple of years ago when my aunt was being moved into a nursing home, I was the lucky recipient of what she had started. I finished what little applique was not complete. Purples happen to be both my Aunt's and my favorite so I had the purple paisley fabric that worked perfectly for assembling the quilt top. Bettie Pharr, an excellent quilter and multitalented friend of mine in West Virginia beautifully custom quilted this for me. Linda Lovett very generously has put the hand turned binding on for me. So many hands have brought this all together and oh so beautifully. It will have a permanent home on the brass bed in my guest room." Joan Taylor
Back on Dec 19th, just before Christmas, I first heard from Becca regarding a large family project. Joan & I have now contracted to do a set of three t-shirt memory quilts for her mother, Margaret, and the daughters, Becca & Allison. The goal is for each one to have a quilt that is sized to fit at least a double bed. Joan will design and piece the quilt tops & I will longarm and bind them. Work will begin in mid-January. As usual, I will track progress here! This is quite exciting for all involved. The referral for this work came through my daughter, Joanne, of Ye Old Forest Quilters.
Jan 10: Margaret, a Greensboro resident and the spokeswoman these days, mailed the first set of tees today..Two boxes!
Jan 12: Received by Joan. Since then fabric, sashing and other plans have been going on between Joan & Margaret.
Feb 21: Pieced and on the way here from Joan.
Feb 24: It's here!!!
Mar 10: Piecing the backing. Preparing to load (i.e.ironing)...loading...loaded.
Mar 11: Programming IQ. Ready to baste. Basted.
Mar 12: Quilting...quilted.
Mar 13: Quilt is squared and binding is ready to attach.
Mar 16: Attached the binding.
Mar 17-18: Hand binding.
Mar 18: Finished.
Friday, Jan 06. In mid October 2010, I received the first of 30 quilts from Joan Taylor in the past 15 months. Turns out Joan has a brother who lives not so far from here & she is there now for a short visit. On Sunday as she heads back home to West Virginia, we will rendezvous in Wilkesboro to exchange quilting projects, fabric, books, etc.Can't wait to meet this wonderful woman and dear friend face to face. Of course, I will take my camera!!
Sunday, Jan 08: HA! We did meet! I got lucky on the first one if I do say so myself. it is awesome and captures hers and husband Jerry's personalities. They should be safely back in West Virginia very soon now. Sorry, these photos are private.
2010 - 2014
We each have our strengths--quilt design is NOT mine. I knew enough to realize my plan would not do justice to this fabric. With help from Joan Taylor (my friend, customer & sometimes partner) & Joanne (my daughter & quilt shop owner), I am excited about this revision of my original November 2010 plan. The focal fabrics are from Moda's Winter on Walden Pond. The tan border is from Khaki Ethnic Echoes. The green sashing is a blender
Piecing Jan 2012
___Dec 22: New plan suggestion from Joan
Dec 25: Joanne helped me select additional coordinating fabrics. Now all I need is time!!
Jan 01: Start cutting
Jan 03: Making stars
Jan 10: Now have all the parts of the stars made and all the pieces cut except the green inner border. Not sure how wide I want that to be just yet. This is bigger than I imagined and the two borders will add 14-16" to the height and width since this quilt is square. Piecing it will shrink it. Should be about perfect when done.
Jan 11-12: Assembling the pieces into a quilt top. Still need to attach corners and 2 borders.
Jan 13: While snowing, added corners and borders, completing the top. Too big to photograph though. Quilt top finished.
Jan 18: Prepared the backing.
Jan 29: Added three photos taken with new little Sony Camera. Can you tell a difference?
Quilting & Binding Dec 2013
Dec16, 2013: Decided several days ago to finish this with double wool batting for Bennie. Drew the IQ pattern today using just the mathematical sine wave. Every other row is shifted a bit to create the braid effect. Expanded the pattern to the size of the 77x77 quilt top then produced the overlay. I bought the fabric in late 2010 so I am very happy to have a final plan at last.
Dec 22: Prepped & loaded.
Dec 28: Quilting. I love this pattern on this quilt. Would work for any open field scene. Quilted.
Jan 05, 2014: Binding attached. Started hand work.
Jan 08: Bound.