John, a former neighbor & close-by friend, has purchased two quilts and designed one for himself. He mentioned some time ago that he wanted a pink one made for his Mom for Christmas. Some rare folks, like quilt shoppe owners, have more quilts than they know what to do with so I have been the benefactor several times. When this beautiful flannel quilt top, pieced by my daughter, was given to me to finish & sale, I thought of John. So this is my next project. I need to piece the backing, quilt it using Deb's Swirls longarm pattern & wool batting, then bind it.
On Saturday, the two quilts I was expecting from Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shoppe arrived. Bright and colorful with beautiful piecing, they will be a joy to do. Both Ashley's Journey quilts were pieced by Donna Roberson.
I am anxiously waiting for a spool of Deep Purple thread to come. Did you know it takes only a day or two for a quilt to ship across country but 6-10 days for a spool of thread to be mailed regular mail?
What is a quilter to do? Start a new project, of course! This one has been on my SOON page awhile as I planned it and bought fabric months ago. I saw a quilt block on the eQuiltPatterns website that I fell in love with called Hunter's Star. About that time, a neighbor/friend wanted a blue quilt. I picked out a couple of matching blue batiks and decided to try them in a quilt of identical Hunter's Star blocks.
Well, that neighbor called this week & will come by soon so I got busy cutting! If he likes it, great! If not, I'll come up with something different. This is one I would love to keep, but then, truth be told I want to keep them all!! I always make quilts I like in case they stick around a long time! Keeps me smiling!
Jan 02, 2011. While the star pieces are cut out, this is more of a some day quilt than one in progress. Not made the first stitch YET even on scrap samples.
Jan 04: EQ7 images added
April 29: Began piecing
May 08: Finished piecing.
May 29: Quilting. Uh Oh! The circles ate up my stars when I used the extra warm Quilter's Dream Puff Batting. Ah! but it so light and warm. Just wonderful.
June 03: Binding finished!
Sep 09: Began conversing with a gentleman living in the Bay area. Clay initiated contact by sending the design he wanted to put on a quilt he is making and requesting for a price quote. Turns out this is not just any design, but the design he put on his wedding rings. The quilt is a surprise for his wife. So far I know the size (82x92), the colors (purples & greens), the design and his thread selections (one on hand & one just ordered). This is getting exciting!
Regarding the design, I did not realize the unique nature of it, just sent it off to Sandy. Back and forth, I still didn't get it. Finally, DUH! The design as Clayton showed it was going uphill with each repeat. Oh! No problem for IQ once I tuned into what Sandy was trying to convey to me. I just connected enough of Sandy's waves to make a row, called it a pattern and used that to make a pantograph. I just have to make sure the slope of the row across the width of the quilt does not cause it to be higher than 15", the max area I can stitch without rolling up the quilt. So we are all set on our end as Clay finishes the backing he will be shipping with the quilt top.
Sep 18: I hear a blue Columbia shoe box is on the way from the SF Bay area with a quilt top inside!! By the time I finish Fresh Cottons, Clay's top and thread should be here!
Sep 20: Just received the promised blue shoe box & the contents is gorgeous! Look for yourself. Waiting on the top thread to get here but can get this beauty loaded in the meantime.
Sep 25: Finally the deep purple thread has arrived! Stay tuned for longarming pictures soon. Quilts are very difficult to photograph since the slightest change in lighting effects the color. The is also the problem of size and angle. Please excuse the errors of my efforts as my camera can't seem to decide whether this is a purple or a redder quilt. I assure you, it is a rich purple! By days end on Saturday, I completed 7 rows which is about a third.
Sep 26: I just finished longarming this beautiful quilt. It is packed and ready for shipping tomorrow. It is now up to Clay to send a photo when he finishes his squaring & binding. Thanks, Clay, for the opportunity to work with you on this! I so hope it is the surprise you want it to be!