Ye Olde Forest Quilt shop has moved across the street more or less. Solicited to help, we had fun nonetheless while tolerating the heat, the work, the chaos, the meal breaks, did I mention the heat?, the concrete floors, the water--lots and lots of cold water. :Slowly things came together for the most incredible sale one could imagine. Batiks, grunges & other Moda bolts all on sale for ridiculously low prices plus an extra % off for end of the bolt. Patterns, Anita Goodesign CDs, needles, books, thread, so much more I can't begin to cover it all.
Fabric I picked up includes
AH! The sale has been extended all week
Apr 10: Quilt top is here.
Apr 19: We have a plan. Thread change from white, to bright red, to dark red, to medium blue using Classic Stipple Meander all over. Will quilt sideways to maximize quilting area & minimize the number of times I need to roll the quilt.
Apr 20: Loaded ready to quilt. Had to tweak the programming some.
The technique is to create a panto for the entire quilt & move it out of the way. (BTW, this is for my benefit more than yours.) For the first row, I will
Apr 21: Quilting.
Apr 22: Quilting day 2. Hopefully things will go faster today.
Apr 23: Quilting day 3. All of the white is quilted. And all the blue is quilted. And all the red is quilted. Yep. All done!
Sep 08, 2016: Saw an unusual navy batik at the shoppe today I couldn't pass up. I like the casual feel & the way the lighter shade in it pulls in the lighter fabrics. So this 3rd Americana quilt is planned for some day in the future.
Feb 07, 1017: The nice thing about plans is that they can change. I saw a quilt that I revised to make into a RWB for the Joan Taylor Rwb project. And this has become my 2nd, not third, Americana quilt for Joan's project.
Feb 14: Once again, I looked up the quilt that inspired this one. I missed the amazing story: 2011 - Jim's Altered Lemoyne Star before & am so glad to share it now.
Feb 17: I want to make one block today. It was hard enough to decide which block to make so I asked Joan to choose. Now I can't decide between a 16" block or a 12" block. You'll know when I do. Hmm...a 3/4 block will do for a trial run.
Feb 18: After my trial run yesterday, I have decided on 18" blocks which has even 1/2" dimensions. I prefer the larger block look over the 12" stars. I also admit I like the idea of 12 stars over 20 stars. Did a second trial run on half a star & got the dimensions right this time for the 18" block.
Feb 21: Cutting strips.
Feb 22: Have enough strips cut to get started piecing.
Mar 05: I've finally started the piecing phase.
Mar 08: Trimming diamond segments.
Mar 09: Joan gave me a tip ... big help.
Mar 13: Have enough 1/4 blocks from my first set of strips to make 9 of the 12 blocks.
Mar 14: Making stars. First 9 done. Also cut all the remaining pieces including corners & borders.
Mar 15: Picked up some backing fabric. Made last 3 stars. Cut & pressed corners so they are ready to sew.
Mar 17: Finished the 12 blocks. (Turned out to be 17.5" blocks but who is measuring?)
Mar 18: Rows are together. Quilt center is together. Now the borders.
Mar 19: All borders are on and this the quilt top is finished.
Mar 20: Pieced the backing. Loaded ready to quilt.
Mar 21: Quilted. Joan will do the binding.
Mar 22: More pictures.
This quilt uses fabrics from several sources & showcases Joan's skill at using even small bits of fabric to make something beautiful ... in her words ... "many lives touching one who has given much."
Joan has shared her story on our J&L Quilters site. Enjoy.
Dec 12: Joan decided to take advantage of "virtual shipping" this holiday season. The 10th is the day she was ready to ship with expected delivery Dec 12.
Jan 05: Quilt top arrived.
Jan 06: Prepping. Note that prepping, pattern, thread and density selelctions & loading are all part of the setup process. We've decided on IQ pattern Minaret by Gali Design from Willow Leaf Studio. (Thanks, Grace, for finding this one.) This is not your standard panto. Instead it consists to two separate alternating patterns that must then be manulated to nest nicely. There is a 3rd pattern in the set for the top row which would otherwise stitch as 2 rows. If you don't follow all that, just leave it to me.
Jan 07: Quilting.
Jan 08: Quilted.
Han 09: More pictures.
Meet Joan Taylor from the heart out
if you haven't already.
When my class was graduating high school, the Vietnam War was in full swing and many of my classmates were drafted. At our 50th reunion a few weeks ago, I donated a quilt for a drawing among our veterans. So many of them expressed their appreciation for being remembered in this way and their wish to be the recipient, I decided to make a quilt for each of those who attended our reunion.
Joan is asking for our help. If you have any fabric (even small pieces) in your stash--primarily red, white &/or blue--that you would be willing to donate for this project, it would be gratefully received. Just email me & I will help you take it from there.
Joan Taylor's Quilts for Veterans
(Just shipped 12.25 lbs of fabric to Joan myself.)
(9/19 Michelle Binder is sending fabric today.)
Donations - Thank YOU!
From Joan: I thought I'd tell you a little about this quilt. When my class was graduating high school, the Vietnam War was in full swing and many of my classmates were drafted. At our 50th reunion a few weeks ago, I donated a quilt for a drawing among our veterans. So many of them expressed their appreciation for being remembered in this way and their wish to be the recipient, I decided to make a quilt for each of those who attended our reunion. This particular one is going to one who is suffering from PTSD. I chose the backing fabric specifically for him because not only does it follow through on the patriotic theme, but he owns a truck that looks like the one in the fabric and that was featured on an album cover for the Bellamy Brothers! Kinda kool.
Jun 19: EQ7 rendition done. Working on overlays.
Jun 20: Prepped & loaded ready to quilt. Uing Dream Orient (silk-bamboo blend) batting and Bottom Line Grey thread. Thinking the darker shade will show less on the dark colors & only slightly more on the lightest color.
Jun 21: Quilted.
Feb 04: Doing 13.5" rows using Bottom Line Statue thread & Warm & White batting.
Feb 06: Prepped & loaded.
Feb 07: Quilting. Row 1 posted waiting for feedback. Change of plans.
Feb 08: Working out a new stitch-in-the-ditch plan. Bottom Line Red on borders, Statue on the blocks. Quilted first row.
Feb 09: Continuing with rolling the quilt row by row, trimming loose threads, double checking for strays using flashlight, basting sides, block by block marking where on the quilt I want to stitch, stitching. The results are more than worth the effort. Finished row 4.
Feb 10: My laser was giving me fits. I finally loosened all screws & started from scratch trying to get a better angle. Not sure it helped but I was finally able to do a couple of rows.
Feb 11: Row 7 thru bottom border done. Unloaded, turned & reloading to do side borders.
Feb 12: Side borders & thus the quilting is done.
Feb 14: Made the binding.
Feb 16: Squared the quilt for binding.
Feb 17: Attaching binding. Doing the hand work.
Feb 19: Binding & thus the quilt is finished.
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