Making two of these -- one for Joan's RWB project & this one for my dear friend, John Garland
15 Stars for JR Garland
John (JR) Garland is a treasured friend since 2005, former neighbor, published author & Vietnam veteran.
Jan 17: Just thinking severe night leg cramps might be eased by a warm quilt. Greg (recent longarm trainee) selected the fabrics and I threw together today this simple no-piece quilt. He will help longarm it when he gets a chance. NOT. I did it.
Jan 26:I prepped & started loading Greg's quilt. When he got here, I showed Greg where the patterns were online. He selected the dragon & "On the Wild Side". I will place 5 dragons on the quilt filled in with text. I must have deleted my wild side pattern so while I was working on recreating it, Greg did most of the loading. Loaded ready to quilt once I finish the programming.
Jan 27: Programmed. Quilting in sections - a total of 22. Two rows (8 sections) are done. Waited for Greg to see before rolling.
Jan 28: Quilted. Made a black binding. Attaching it.
Jan 29: Hand binding...
Jan 30: T-shirt ordered.
Feb 01: Bound.
Dec 01: Prepping. Using BAM panto at 5" with Medium Brown thread which shows as a dark gold.
Dec 02: Loaded ready to quilt.
Dec 03: Quilting. Stopped to remove stitching inside the white reindeer. Much better. Since I'm doctoring this a bit, I put a bit of accent under Santa's face & to stitch around it rather than through it. Quilted.
Nov 15: This is a second small quilt like this Table Topper - Quilted 11/11/2014. WIll quilt it the same way using My Sine Curve for snow effect.
Nov 26: Prepped & loaded.
Nov 27: Quilting...snow all over this quilt. Quilted & shipped.
On Saturday, Nov 9th, my dear friend & head of a most special family passed away.
Duane was the neighborhood grader
who kept our roads & driveways cleared in winter & maintained all year.
Duane was a classic mountaineer, hard worker, solid in faith, family man, faithful friend.
I met Duane on July 24, 2003, the day grading began on my lot.
Wish I had met him a few weeks earlier before I was under contract.
Within a year of longarming I started making quilts for this family.
I say this to say above all how special this entire family is to me.
Trivette Family Quilts
Duane (2), Duane's wife Marie (2),
Duane & Marie's son Tony, Tony's wife Lori, Tony's son TJ,
Duane & Marie's son Charles, Charles' son Caleb,
Charles' wife (then) Myra, Myra's daughter Vanessa, Myra's dad.
Still not through--Duane & Marie's daughter Denise & some grand-kids need quilts.
oh, plus a few commissioned quilts Marie gave friends
Nov 22: Cut the batting.
Dec 05: Prepping & loading. Backing wasn't square so that was extra work.
Dec 08: Loaded.
Dec 13: Quilting. After 6 blocks were done, Intelliquilter (longarm computer) started having problems. Tried to repair things like I did on Dee's earlier Log Cabin quilt. Didn't work this time.
Dec 14: Drive wheels are worn out beyond repair. Ordered & waiting for new ones from Quilt Foundry in northern Ohio - 3 days shipping minimum. I still have time to meet the deadline Dee & I discussed -- receive by the 23rd. And so it goes.
Dec 23: Quilted. Dee decided several days ago to have me hold shipping until the 27th.
Nov 21: Dee called getting a bit anxious about her quilts. Decided to go ahead and prep this one.
Nov 22: Loading. Oops. Realized I have no Natural White thread. Ordered some. While loading, I realized I cut the batting the width of the top rather than the back. Hmm. Re-cut the batting.
Nov 23: Finished loading. Quilting. Have a couple of remnant spools with just enough thread to get started. Sewing the top border. Started having problems quilting the blocks. Put in distress call to Intelliquilter.
Nov 25: Quilting nicely. Finished the center & bottom border. Unloaded the quilt. Squared it. Reloaded sideways. Quilting the side borders as I type. Quilted.
I drove to Greensboro to see a dear friend, Munirah, to work with her granddaughters planning quilts they would like. And to get one of her awesome haircuts. NO ONE else has cut my hair the way I like it, the way I feel like me, for nearly 20 years.
The moment I entered her home at 2 PM, I was greeted by, not just by Munirah, but by her sister, Samira, too. It was as if I had entered a whole new world. Awesome home. Aura of peace. Compatible sisters sharing a home. Before the girls arrived, Munirah brought out her 2013 Red & White Twister Quilt. Next thing I knew Samira was brainstorming for a quilt for her bed.
We planned quilts in that whirlwind of activity & excitement from 2-6 PM. Samira ordered pizzas. We concluded our day in fellowship around the table. I had a quiet 2 hour drive home then sat down to capture the details in writing. Five hours later, I could rest.