Jul 07: First "met" Kelly via email & phone. Decided silver thread would blend in the best. She is still considering pattern options.
Jul 16: Received her stunning picture of the quilt top.
Jul 17: Quilt mailed today.
Jul 19: It's here. Impeccable work. Working on pattern layouts.
Jul 20: We have a plan. Silver thread for blending in.
Aug 08: Quilting...
Aug 09: Quilted & shipped.
Marianne's Quilt Story
When pregnant with my second child, I thought it would be neat to make a quilt for the crib to match the curtains I made for the nursery. I took a class to learn how. The teacher gave us a different square pattern to complete each week. How I was going to make it into a baby blanket was to be determined later...much later. Also if I wanted to learn to piece them together then that was a different class as was quilting. I never finished my top but have always wanted to. Now 29 years later, Linda & Joan have agreed to finish it for me. I did the piecing by hand, not satisfied with the results on my sewing machine. I am so happy...you see, my child is having a child in August and this will be her baby's quilt.
Feb 12: Marianne contacted me today about finishing this quilt she started years ago. Joan came to mind at once & has agreed to do the design & piecing of the top ... in May.
Apr 22: Joan has the quilt top pieces now and is starting to "noodle" over it as she likes to say.
June: It's June now & Joan is still noodling and working with Marianne on details.
Jun 09: Joan & Marianne have worked out just what to do. Joan hopes to finish her part next week.
Jul 18: The quilt is here and absolutely adorable. Marianne actually made the 9th block herself. Joan's challenge was getting the blocks centered just so inside the sashing. I will not stitch over the appliques but will outline around them instead. I will attach the binding but Marianne is going to do the time consuming hand work. One day is all I need.& hope to ship mid-week around the 23rd.
Jul 19: Planned the backing. Needs a bit of piecing but it matches the top & is the backing after all. Offered another option--wide enough muslin for a backing in one piece (no seams). Quilting pattern will be Hearts a Flutter with off-white thread.
Jul 20: Marianne ordered the muslin.
Jul 25: Got the backing...badly smudged & the wrong shade. Re-ordered. Fabric.com gave Marianne a full refund & told me to keep rather than return the fabric.)
Jul 30: The re-ordered backing just came in & is perfect.
Jul 31: Loading.
Aug 01: Quilting.
Aug 02: Quilted. Binding attached. Shipped.
02/09/2012 returned not quilted
So, this is a first. I cannot figure out a way to do this quilt justice so Joan & I have agreed for me to return it to her. She will finish removing what I have sewn & try to get her local longarming friend to quilt it. I so hope it all works out. I don't give up easily & I do feel a longing to fight on but it is not best for anyone. Si la vie. PS: Joan just put this away as was & did nothing with it.
07/18/2014: It's back! Joan says just reload it, finish it & consider it good enough. I admit I am pretty darn picky but if equally picky Joan is okay with this one for what is and is not, well, then so I am. Hmmm maybe & maybe not. Joan will machine bind it.
On second thought, I must take out the smoke monopoly. I have since learned that it does not hold up in a dryer over time. Also, I already took out some of the quilting 2 years ago. There is no way I can pick up where I left off. Get to do it right after all. And so the quilt sandwich is now back to 3 pieces--top, back & batting. Clean start over.
Aug 07: While re-programming this afternoon, I simplified the Forget-Me-Knot center. That opens up options. Quilted.
This hand pieced quilt top
is a family heirloom.
Folks just don't make
many like this any more.
I am Margaret Avery's sister-in-law
and have a quilt top just like the one you quilted for her. It's probably in the same condition as hers because it was made by "Granny" at about the same time.
Apr 23: First contact by email.
May 04: Phone message
Jul 07: Quilt top arrived
Jul 08: Aired out the quilt
Jul 09: Working with Jane to select backing and binding fabrics. Everything is ordered.
Jul 11: Fabric has shipped & expected Tuesday. July 15.
Jul 15: Fabric is here. Great choices, Jane.
Jul 21: Cut binding strips. Waiting to here from Jane regarding final decision on her pattern & density.
Jul 25: Given every opportunity to select something unique for her quilt, Jane is sticking with her original desire to have this quilted the same size and pattern as her sister's. And so it shall be 6 arcs of Baptist Fan 1.5" apart in 9" rows.
Jul 26: I decided to pre-wash the backing since the fabrics in top were not new when pieced.
Jul 27: Using white thread.
Jul 28: Quilted.
Jul 29: Attached binding.
Jul 30: Stayed up all night to finish the binding.
Aug 04: Boxed & ready to ship tomorrow.
Found this 96x105 hand pieced & quilted treasure