Aug 09, 2018: Saw this pattern in the Ye Olde Forest monthly newsletter that came out today. Love it! Bought it! Played with it. Drew it. Now searching for fabrics. Turns out that is the hard part. Jun 28, 2019: Picked up fabrics at Ye Olde Forest I thought would work in a large version of this quilt. Aug 23: It has been my intention all along to make this for Munirah. Just waiting for her to accept it. Not 100% there but close. What a Day!!! Nov 09, 2020: Pre-washed & pressed the fat quarters (FQs) and background cream fabric. (The dark purple for border &/or backing is not yet pre-washed). Cut 3 inner borders. Nov 10: Need to decide which fabrics go where, cut 2.5" strips, plan the blocks. Nov 11: Still cutting strips. Found more batiks in the basement so I will have plenty. Nov 12: Pre-washing the rest of the fabrics. Strips are cut and sorted, more or less. Nov 13: Strips cut to size ready to make blocks. Gave up planning the blocks for now & sorted by fabric instead. Will group them together after sewing on the background squares. Cutting the squares from the background fabric today that form the points. After cutting them, I will draw a diagonal sew line on the back of each one. Yes, I feel overwhelmed at this point. Just need to keep going. Nov 17: Finally finished drawing all the 336 diagonal lines--288 small ones and 48 large ones. Ready to sew. Taking a break on this one & back to Lisa's Cricket Quilt. Dec 15: Resumed work on this quilt. Working on block centers. Dec 16: Finished block centers. Setup to sew first level pairs. Dec 23: Finished the 1st-3rd level pairs. Ready to make the blocks. Dec 27: Greg is helping with block layouts. Jan 11, 2021: Working on blocks. Jan 19: Up to row 3. Jan 20: Blocks for 4 rows done. Jan 22: Finished all blocks for the 8 rows. Jan 25: Squared the blocks. Jan 30, 2022: After a year's break, Greg & I finalized our layout. Feb 06: Sewing the rows. Feb 28: Quilt top center is done. Mar 04: Working on borders. Just ordered backing. Mar 07: Quilt top is done. Mar 10: Backing is here. Mar 11: Backing is pre-washed, pieced. Batting is cut. Loading. May 02: Quilted. May 14: Binding is attached, clipped and ready for hand sewing. Sep17: Binding finished & thus the quilt.
Sep 22, 2019: What a Day!!! Samira, Munirah's sister, is not the least bit shy,. She was so excited about all the quilts. As I showed her how to use the website to get an idea of what she would like, she kept finding lots of them that she liked. I think she up to about 4,000 favorites so far. Well, may only 10 or so. Having seen the back of the Lodge Quilt Joan made for me, she was sold on the idea of white whole cloth perhaps as the backing of something dusty mauve on front. Donna Kleinke's pattern sets are the place to start looking. Also check out Donna's website. Any quilting design used on the front of the quilt quilt will stand out on the back. Sep 25: Samira wants this panel sold by eQuilters.com for the center of her quilt. So much for dusty mauve. Bet I can work it in nicely in the borders. Sep 26: Ordered the panel. Need to expand this panel to an 80x100 quilt. Oct 02: The panel is here. When we get a chance, we'll plan this out. Dec 09: We have a plan ... except for how I will quilt it. Samira is leaving that to me...something I hate to do for someone else. Dec 10: Suggested backing options. Munirah made a choice for busy Samira so we have all our fabrics chosen, purchased & on the way. Dec 11: What to quilt? Considered Teacups & Roses and other roses patterns until I found Donna Keinke's Elegant Butterflies. Got a sec to speak to Samira who chose butterflies over roses. Perfect. Done & done planning. Dec 23: Top background white pearlescent weave fabric is here & gorgeous. May 16 2020: Added borders to the panel. May 27: Side borders are on. Working on large top & bottom borders. Jul 13: Finished quilt top & backing. Loaded backing. Jul 31: Quilted. Aug 12: Finished attaching the binding & started the hand work. Sep 07: Finished the binding and thus the quilt.