A Quilt for Ana becomes Ana's Memory Quilt - Pieced 08/08/2017, Quilted 10/12/2017, Bound 10/18/2017
Where We Started
Plan Change to Memory Quilt
Jun 29: Ana has changed her plan from a heart quilt to the same heart in the middle of a memory quilt. She wants t-shirt aspect kept secret from Ted for now. We are using the same flannels bought for the first design. Together we worked out the sashing & borders. I borrowed Joan's sashing design from the quilt she made for Margaret.
Jun 30: The more Ana & I talk & work together, the better this gets. I am hoping Ana will be very much a participant in piecing her quilt & she seems very interested. From ANA "LOVE IT!!!" (pictures) & "I got my blue ridge parkway shirt so that's one down." BTW: The shirts will be places she & Ted have visited together. Researched fusible interfacing also called stabilizer--the stuff that turns t-shirts into something substantial enough to quilt them. Turns out Ana changed jobs & is not available at all. Hmmm.
The rest of the progress notes
Jul 01: I decided on Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex® because is is 100% cotton & highly recommended by several experienced memory quilt piecers. Ordered from Joann's on sale at rate of $0.09/in.
Jul 02: Made a few sample heart blocks to determine their size when cut from 2.5" strips. Blocks are 2.75” (finished size 2.25”). The heart is 8 blocks across & 7 down. The finished heart will be 18 x 15.75 (W x L).
Jul 09: Started working on the heart. Got triangles cut out & trying to arrange them. Having to use my Fire HD tablet to see what goes where.
Jul 10: All the pieces are in place. The blocks for the lower 3 rows are done. I won't connect the blocks until I know what size the t-shirts are.
Jul 12: All the blocks are done. This is as far as I can go until we decide on the t-shirts. Ana has 6 of 12 so far.
Aug 05: Ana let me know she has all her t-shirts now. Also gave me a layout for her shirts.
Aug 06: Drew the layout & posted it above & even got it right.
Aug 07: Got word that Ana may not have a chance to come here at all to help plan shirt & heart sizes. I am on my own for better or worse--not at all what I signed up for or wanted.
Sep 06: Picked up the last of the shirts that have been in Marty's (our courier from Nissan in Boone) truck all this time. Included is a couple of layouts & other instructions. All blocks are to be the same size even if I have to crop a design. Didn't have to.
Sep 18: Time to get familiar with the shirts & decals. Widest decal is 13". Tallest is 11.5. Ana wants the quilt wider than it is tall.
Sep 23: The blocks need to be cut 14" x 12" to allow for seams. Finished blocks will be 13.5 x 11.5. Finished quilt will be approximately 69" x 61". Started cutting the shirts. I have separated the shirt backs from the fronts tossing the sleeves.
Sep 24: Fusing shirts & interfacing. One done, all cut out ready to fuse. It heart is now in perspective in the EQ7 rendition above.
Sep 25: All shirts are now fused. Ready to cut them down to 14 x 12. T-shirt blocks are done.
Sep 26: Back to the heart ... rows are together ... working on joining them. All rows are now joined except the top row. I want to piece the gray dots but I also want it to look like a continuous matching grey background. Tricky but I think I can do it ... tomorrow.
Sep 27: Well, probably can't do it but trying. The heart is done...just needs background around it. Added side borders to shirt blocks.
Sep 28: Finished shirt block borders. Cut the sashing and previewed the quilt. This is so time consuming. I am taking a break for a few days.
Oct 04: Finished the heart block.
Oct 05: Top & bottom rows are together, side blocks are together. One more day, maybe two to finish the quilt top.
Oct 06: Ready to add blue border to the heart block. Next add sides to heart block thus the center section will be in one piece. Add the top & bottom rows.to the center section making 1 total piece. Add a grey border and then a blue border to complete the quilt top. Piece the backing.
Oct 07: Got the grey border on.
Oct 08: Attaching the final blue border. At last, the quilt top is finished.
Oct 09: The backing and the binding are ready. Loading.
Oct 11: Loaded ready to quilt. Quilting.
Oct 12: Quilted. Binding is attached. Only hand work left.
Oct 16: Started the hand work & got half way.
Oct 17: Learned last night that Ana has shared her secret with Ted over the weekend so I have taken the time to revise this post to include all the previously hidden information. Everything is now public & here.
Oct 18: Binding is finished & thus the quilt is finished. Delivered it to Ted to give Ana.
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.
Jun 08: Marty & I have been talking about a quilt for his mom every since I finished his last year. Somewhere along the line I learned that purple is the theme. Marty's Mom has been dealing with serious family issues & just has not had the time to be involved in the planning stage. Today, Marty & I agreed that we need to go ahead and plan a quilt and let it be a surprise. Marty's aunt (Mom's sister) has cancer. The plan is to give the quilt to her (purple is her favorite color) knowing that one day it will pass on to Mom. So I have put together some possibilities for Marty to consider.
Jun 09: Ordered fabric for the quilt above. Things have changed dramatically since Marty & I started this project just 2 days ago. In the last 24 hours, the aunt/sister has gone from serious to only days. I didn't know this when I placed my orders. Whatever else this quilt may be, it is a prayer for all these dear people.
Jun 10: Finished all the ordering. I found the bits and pieces from 5, no 6 vendors.
Jun 15: Pre-washed 4 of 5 fabrics.
Jun 16: Started cutting & piecing. Prewashed last fabric that came today. Got 4.5 borders done, 2.5 to go.
Jun 17: Piecing finished. Marty came by to brainstorm backings. I learned his aunt died about a week ago. He decided on the dark teal from the Mystic Garden line, Donna Kleinke's Leaves & Ribbons for the IQ pattern and Bottom Line Ivory thread. Fabric is ordered & so we wait.
Jun 21: Backing is here.
Jun 22: Prewashed the backing. Cut, pinned, ready to sew the seam.
Jun 23: Ordered batting. Binding is ready. Backing is ready. Started loading the backing but didn't get very far. I did notice the backing fabric is directional. I guess if one wants the back side up, the quilt can be turned 90 degrees.
Jun 24: Batting is here in only 1 day.
Jun 28: Loading.
Jun 29: Quilting.
Jun 30: Quilted.
Jul 01: Binding is attached & clipped ready for hand work.
Jul 04: Binding is finished & thus the quilt is finished.