Another Joan Taylor masterpiece! Here is what she has to say about it:
Just prior to her marriage nearly 5 years ago, my co-worker was honored with a wedding shower. Each guest was asked to bring a small piece of fabric that would be used for making a quilt. That was the only instruction given so the "fabrics" were quite a mishmash -- little bitty pieces, different textures, no theme or color in common. Anyway, she asked me if I would take her sack of fabric pieces and put them into a quilt for her.
I spent countless hours visualizing what in the world I would be able to do. I finally decided on a 'sampler" quilt using 12 inch blocks (more or less); that having been decided, I knew that it would be quite a challenge to try to pick out pieces of fabric that would go together at least for the individual blocks. I can't tell you how many times I ripped and re-did because the fabrics frayed, stretched, etc.
I incorporated a 'church' block and machine embroidered the name of the church where she was married. See the stained glass window at the front of the church? She also asked me to put a piece of her veil in the quilt so I made a block with a lady. After it is quilted, I will add a veil to the lady block with some other embellishments; also the block with the hearts that have the name of the bride and groom and their wedding date, will have embellishments (ribbons and bows).
At any rate, I think the finished product "ain't" that bad and by the time you (me/Linda) get finished with it, I think it will be something that my co-worker will cherish.
As I quilt this, I will take some close-ups of the blocks Joan is describing. I just love hearing the stories behind a quilt!! This one is great! Been hearing bits and pieces since I first met Joan. This is her wow quilt and has taken her even longer! I can relate.
Note: I am merely tracking the process here. Never think Joan less than fastidious! She HATES loose threads & warned me on this one!! Satin & dark fabrics in this quilt, however, always win this battle thus the touch-up trimming. It probably unraveled further just loading it!
The blocks, arranged here as they are on the quilt. Photos don't do these justice. There are fabrics with sparkle (1, 4, 12), satin (8, 14), texture (12, 13, 15, 17), words (9-Amazing Grace), embroidery (10, 11) and applique (6,11).
A phone call woke me up this morning & am I ever glad!! The vice president of the Newland Guild was on the line! And so I spent the morning with Diana & James Trivett as we all loaded their quilt together. While I am longarming, they are off to Jefferson. They will stop back by on their way home & hopefully take their quilt with them. Yep! They did indeed! This disappearing nine patch is the second quilt for a member of Riverwalk Quilt Guild in nearby Newland, NC. Eight more and I will longarm a charity quilt for them for free.
I brought back seven projects for either Ye Olde Forest directly or for their customers. What a beautiful collection of quilts & all nicely pieced! These will all be so much fun to do!! The last two quilts are Joanne's and I will bind for her as well.
An absolutely adorable Halloween quilt!!! Donna is making this for her granddaughter.
"Lindsey is 18 soon to be 19. She loves the spooky things. Has worked for several years at one of the big haunted houses in this area. One year she was a zombie and you could hardly recognize her." Lindsey has chosen a batty pattern for her quilt. The detail in the wings makes this a rather dense pattern with 2 1/2 hours of stitching time alone for a 52 x 66 size quilt. By comparison, quilts twice this size with a less dense design take less than 2 hours. That said, this is the perfect pattern for this quilt!!
I've been planning to make some quilted panels to hang over my windows in the winter to further block out the cold. I found some fabric today that will do the trick nicely. The front is Northcott Earth Spirit by Dawn Maher. The backing is Moda American Primer.
July 24: At the quilt shop today, Kelley was cutting styrofoam insulation to fit his store front windows. When the first panel went up it made a huge difference in blocking out the heat. The windows are tinted on the outside so the foam did not show. Inside, the blinds covered it. Quick, inexpensive and easy insulation. SO I will not quilt this after all. I may however just pin the fabric to the insulation.so it looks nice.
I couldn't resist this beautiful quilt top pieced by Joanne, my daughter & owner of Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shoppe. When she said she was going to sell it, I just couldn't see it getting away so I bought it before any one else could. She has given me so many tops, It was time I compensated her up front for beautiful work in both selecting fabrics and piecing them.
I have friends who LOVE butterflies and perhaps one of them will love this as much as I do. My daughter loves it too, as do I, so only time will tell where it ends up. The pattern, "Just can't cut it", is perfect when a main fabric needs showing off. I have used it myself a couple of times.
April 23: Marie Trivette, a dear friend and mother of Tony, is considering this quilt.
May 18: Marie has decided to purchase this quilt with modifications. She took the top home to measure what size border she wants me to add to make it fit her queen bed.
June 03: Marie wants me to use the backing I already have to add a 12" border Next time I go down to the shop (for my grandson's graduation) I will pick out a new backing.
June 12: Have the backing but not quite enough
June 19: Have the last 1/2 yard of backing
June 25: Pieced the backing. Loaded & basted.
June 26: Quilted, squared and ready to bind.
July 10: Finished.
Over the weekend, I was inspired to try out some beautiful block designs I purchased last May 2010. When I saw Joan's quilt, she & I began discussing longarm pattern options. Suited for block designs, we started playing. Joan selected the patterns and the layout from two Donna Kleinke sets: Dogwood Beauty & Forget-Me-Knot. I stitched a miniature sample of her quilt layout. I not only had lots of fun but gained valuable experience. I also found a couple of errors that could have had a disastrous effect. This time it merely snapped the needle off & I was able to stop the machine before any damage was done. Below you can see how the patterns are connected to built the whole stitching pattern.
These are pictures of the sample being stitched. I am stitching the block outlines on this sample. Those would not be done on a real quilt.
Feb 08: I tried a sample of King Tut cotton thread. It is thicker than the Bottom Line polyester thread I usually use. It should show off a design more & has great potential for whole cloth & detail work. My experiment was quite successful I think!