Nov 20: 1918: My friend, Narciso Gomez, is here from Florida for the family's annual Thanksgiving hiatus from all things medical.
In addition to his Nautical Flags quilt, Narci wants a wall hanging of his medical shield for his office. Thinking embroidered fleur de lis & lettering with gold fabric for the border, backing & binding.
Nov 23: Fabrics, fleur de lis patches are ordered. Nov 29: Fleur de Lis patches are here. Nov 30: Ordered "Gomez" & "Surgical" patches. Dec 03: Fabrics are here. Dec 23: "Gomez" & "Surgical" patches are here. All set. Jan 28, 2019: Using the shield in the quilt to sketch the shield for the wall hanging. Jan 29: Did a mock-up to figure out how I want to do this. I think mounting or framing it will be better than quilting it. Did the hard part--shield in the center. Planned everything else. Jan 30: Doing the wall hanging for real. Jan 31: Narci wants this behind glass. I talked to a framing company in Boone. I was advised to complete this as a quilt with binding. They will sew it to mat & make a box frame. They cannot put glass next to the fabric because it will mildew. They will use a glass that appears to not even be there. A bit pricey but worth it. BTW, this wall hanging has always been my gift to a friend. I'm excited about it. Feb 01: Hmm. Binding has been ready. - don't remember making it. Feb 02: Backing is ready. Feb 05: We have a quilting plan. Feb 11: Quilted. Working on the binding. Will attach the patches last. Feb 13: Visited Tom of Ashe Custom Framing & Gallery. Tom, a patient and dedicated artist, hung in there as we hashed through many ideas. Suggestions: use metallic braid rather than the gold fabric, remove the small gold border so the white & blue touch. Best of all, I did NOT have to quilt this to frame it so we are in fact going back to my original vision. I am remaking the whole wall hanging which will look awesome in a frame Tom has selected. YES! YES! YES! Feb 14: Hobby Lobby has the additional blue fabric I need. Two stores in Boone carry some gold braid that I think will work & match the fleur de lis patches. Off I go. Found several. Feb 15: Re-made the wall hanging minus the gold border. Spent several hours with Tom of Ashe Custom Framing & Gallery. Could not have done this without him. Picked a trim. Puzzled over how to attach it. Feb 16: Several more hours with Tom attaching the patches and braid. Tom had constructed a box with a blade to cut his 1/2" double sided tape down to width we needed & a template for perfectly positioning the fleurs-de-lis & for cutting my blue shield. Selecting a frame was the hardest part. The one we thought would work didn't go with the gold decorations. After trying nearly every frame in the shop, I was ready to give up in despair. I spotted a couple of thin brass frames while Tom was leaning toward a simple black one. We decided that not knowing the office decor, Narci would have to choose. Feb 17: The frame is ordered. Feb 27: Picked up the final product.
Jan 26: First contact via Facebook. Feb 15: First contact via email. Feb 19: Quilt is here. Beautiful! Mar 10: Programming & overlays. Mar 11: Going with Trillium & Magnifico #2066 Artisan's Gold thread. Mar 20: Prepped ready to load. Mar 21: Loaded. Quilting. Mar 22: Quilted.
Feb 08: First contact including everything I need to know to quilt this. Feb 11: The quilt is here. Mar 10: Programming to determine density Mar 11: All set Mar 12: Loaded ready to quilt. Mar 13: Quilted. Mar 14: Final pics. Ship.
Planning Nov 20, 2018: My friend, Narciso Gomez, is here from Florida for the family's annual Thanksgiving hiatus from all things medical. The whole Gomez family is rather fond of my quilts: the whole collection. Narci designed his ideal quilt last night using nautical flags to spell out family initials & the family shield. Also will be making a Medical Shield Wall Hanging for his office. Nov 21: Spent the day drawing Narci's ideas.. Nov 22: Narci stopped in long enough to choose his favorite. Later I joined the family & friends for Thanksgiving dinner. I polished off the design & I have located fabrics I think will work. Just need Narci's final OK. Got it! Nov 23: Fabrics & t-shirt are ordered. Nov 26: T-shirt is here. Dec 03: Fabrics are here.
Making the Quilt Top Jan 3, 2019: Pre-washed all fabrics & all the white for 4 quilts. Jan 05: Started cutting. Jan 06: Finishing the cutting. Ready to start sewing. Jan 08: Working on the flag blocks first. Jan 08: 18 of 20 flag blocks are together. Need squaring. Jan 09: Corrected some mistakes on yesterday's blocks while squaring. Center blocks are ready. Tomorrow will connect the blocks in the horizontal block rows with the sashing in between & start on the center. Jan 10-17: Been sick this week.Back to quilting soon. Jan 18: Working on center block. Jan 21: Center block is done & the last flag blocks are done. Jan 22: Blocks are connected into border rows & columns Jan 23: Block borders are on. Only gold, white & blue borders left. Jan 26: Only final blue border is left. Jan 27: Quilt top is finished.
Longarming & Binding Jan 28: I love working with Narci. Ask him a question at night...get a reply early in the morning. (Narci is in fact one of my favorite people but don't tell him. All of the Gomez family too.) We are going with the quilting pattern "Aqua", Warm & White batting & Bottom Line Silver thread. Feb 01: Hmm. Binding as been ready. Feb 02: Backing is ready. Loading. Feb 04: Loaded ready to quilt. Feb 05: Quilting. Feb 06: Quilted. Squared ready for binding. Feb 08: Binding is attached. Only hand work left. Feb 10: Binding and thus the quilt is finished. Picture tomorrow.