Dorothy Wonder has created a truly beautiful quilt with colors as soothing as the Scripture quote appliqués. She is from my childhood state of Tennessee. A perfectionist, I really look forward to doing this quilt for her.
Apr 01: Tossed around some IQ design ideas. Must credit Joan with finding this Wrought Iron pattern by Jodi Beamish of Willow Leaf Studio in Canada.
Apr 02: Putting the ideas in IQ to see if they are feasible.
Apr 12: Loaded.
Apr 13: Quilted. It was very enjoyable doing this quilt. Impeccable piecing, Dorothy. Well done.
A friend and neighbor has asked for yet another quilt, this time for a baby expected soon. Perhaps this will do.
Print fabric is for the backing.
Mar 23: Cut out all the pieces of the quilt top.
Mar 24: Made 9 patch blocks, sashing & got the flower blocks 1/2 way together.
Mar 25: Things slowed down as I started assembling the blocks & tried to keep things fairly on point. The rows are together such as they are. I admit fudging was a bit of a factor.
Mar 26: Fudging never works. The sashing did not fit the rows. Took apart most of the rows & sashing, trimmed as needed & reassembled. Thus I am exactly where I was at end of day yesterday. This was supposed to be a one or at most 2 day little project!! HA! I must say it is very good for a longarmer to stop and piece now and then to appreciate her customers all the more!
Mar 27: I have pinned where I need to re-seam the sashing. Hopefully I can then connect the rows with more success than I had yesterday morning. Hope it doesn't take all day again. I so want to see borders on this baby (quilt). YES! I am ready to get back to longarming but I don't dare quit now less I never get motivated to finish this before that baby is born and too old to use it! HA! Got it together at last! And 2 out of three borders now done. With Joan's affirmation (comment), I am stopping right here...after stitching around the edges to hold everything in place.
Mar 28: Pieced the backing and prepared the binding. Once I choose an IQ Pattern, it is ready to quilt.
Mar 29: My friend/customer loves the quilt!. Like most men, he does not wish to pick an IQ pattern but likes the idea of using bees.
Apr 02: After much deliberation, I have decided to go with my first choice--a Bee Border by Deb Geissler. It is just too cute to use anything else. I learned Karen is interested in the whole longarming process so I invited her up to do this quilt with me. Perhaps Friday.
Apr 06: Karen & I decided to postpone until next Wednesday, April 11.
Apr 11: Quilting...ran out of steam...had to abandon my baby until morning.
Apr 12: Quilted.
Apr 24: Binding is attached. Only hand work left to do.
May 10: Binding is finished.
Just got in Karen's queen size Stacked Coins or Chinese Coins quilt top. Just gorgeous!!
Mar 12: Before I received the quilt, Karen had already selected her IQ pattern.
Mar 31: Started preparing this quilt today. Let me say it is HUGE! In fact, I cannot do a quilt any wider. This one maxes out my 10' table. The backing is trimmed to fit the table (almost) and loaded. Yeah!! No seams in the backing which is very nice indeed.
Apr 01: Preparing and loading the quilt...Quilting...Finished!
Apr 02: Just posted final pictures.
Great Background Story from Karen
My family is originally from Southern Pa. where the Amish and Mennonites have a long tradition of making amazing quilts. I remember at 3 or 4 yrs old hand sewing patches together with my grandmother. I made small doll quilt tops but we never put them together into an actual quilt. Then my parents moved to Buffalo NY. When I grew up, every summer I went to visit my Granny and I would admire (and covet) those beautiful quilts. You see them everywhere just hanging outside on a clothesline or draped over the porch railing. But I never could afford to purchase one so I decided I better learn how to do it myself. I took a class at the local school through Continuing Education where I had a great teacher. I have made lots of quilts over the yrs but it takes me longer than I would like to get one finished. Maybe I just make them too HUGE. lol.
My grandson AJ (for whom I made the quilt you are working on) is 12 1/2. He has been very patient but keeps asking when I'm going to get the quilt finished. He was pleased to hear that I sent it to you to get it done and checks the blog to see the progress. He told everyone his quilt is on the internet. Anyway, the other day I told him I should get it back this week and then have to finish up the binding.
So he brings out his baby quilt to show me that when he gets the new one the old one will need a few small repairs and says " I'm sure glad I'm getting a new one because my legs hang out from under this one". Gotta love those grand kids.
It's beautiful Diana! Looks like it glows.
Mar 31: Started preparing the top for loading by checking my measurements. Need do some slight modifications before proceeding. Started another quilt until I can talk to Diana.
Apr 01: Started the modifications.
Apr 02: Modifications are my top priority (except for going for a sorely needed run to town.) Making good progress.
Apr 03: I invited Diana to the cabin to help finisher her quilt & take it home with her. She accepted.
Apr 05: Diana arrived at around 8 AM & left around 8 PM, facing an hour drive home through thick fog. I was a long day but determination kept us going. I wish you could see the quilting pattern on this quilt that is nestled in those rich fabrics. Diana loves it and THAT is all that counts. (I kinda like it too. LOL)