Hand pieced by deceased Andrea Gordy & finished by Sharon Stoehr to be raffled with proceeds going to her parish.
The quilt is here & I will be longarming it by myself this year.
Aug 07: Began a dialogue with Vicki about the need for a quilt to raffle at the fall festival. Time constraints led to brainstorming in all directions with none looking very promising. The quilt planned for the raffle needed work and time was not cooperating. Did I have anything that would serve the purpose? Hmmm. Several brainstorming emails later, the dialogue switched over to Sharon ...
Aug 12: I got this news from Sharon after several days of silence. "On Thursday I received a God Blessing! I went up to Mount Airy for a Bernina meeting.at Creative Sewing and brought the quilt with me. I showed it to the ladies and one suggested to take off the two sides with sashing and then cut the tips off and put a cranberry border the same width as the sashing all around and then an outside border. I bought a cranberry fabric that will work. Then I went down the block to a shop called Fabric Managerae, which carries a lot of older fabrics. After looking all over the store and not finding what I needed I headed towards the door and something made me stop and look at a low rack near the register and there it was the exact fabric a large floral that is in the quilt!!! I bought all that was on the bolt a little over 4 yards, just enough or more to finish the quilt! I still can't believe it!"
Aug 22: Spent hours today talking over the flaws / quirks in the hand-pieced quilt and how best to longarm it. EQ7 rendition and lots of overlays followed. From the get go, Sharon loved the Leafy Swirls pattern. It is not as consistent as other options but it is just so beautiful. So all these images are us trying to find a way to go over everything. I'll clean it all up once decisions are made.
Aug 23: Sharon has finished all her piecing. Trimming threads.
Aug 28: The quilt is here. After consider a number of patterns, Sharon opted for Holly's Hearts using a shade of white that matches the background.
Sep 02: Setup & quilting.
Sep 03: Quilted.
The King Quilters (Sharon Stoehr & Vicki Boissey) brought this beautiful large bargello design (constructed with strips of fabric of the same height but different widths) quilt pieced by Paula McLean of Canada to the cabin in person to help get it loaded and to see the longarming process first hand. It will be raffled at the parish fall festival.
Yes, I started on this one before doing Becca's which has long been in the queue, thus breaking my first come first served policy.
I just hope the raffle goes well & much is raised for the cause.
June 01: The quilt backing is wider than my canvas so I added a few inches of quilted fabric scraps to widen it so I could pin to it. Believe me! It took all 3 heads to figure this out & all 6 hands to execute it. AND so far it is working! This is the kind of "little extras" we were doing that took us from 11 AM to 6:30 PM to only load and quilt two rows. Once the quilting began, the loaded quilt was flawless and the sewing did itself. Sharon selected a variegated King Tut #983 Cedars thread, colors tone-on-tone brown. She brought her own 80/20 cotton/poly blend batting.
June 02: Beware! A whole lot of pictures coming your way mostly from row three I just finished. Row three was perfect!! Not so row 4. For no reason I can fathom, my stitching went berserk. Oh so beautiful on top but as I neared the end of the long row, they looked a bit loose. After undoing row 4, I completed rows 4 & 5 so I am half way now.
June 03: While doing row 6, I just HAD TO start putting the sewing room back in order. My stuff was all over the place and some of it had even been moved to the kitchen to have room to longarm. After finishing that row I shut everything down and finished the yet another reorganization. DARN! Another first at the cabin and not a welcome one. Into row 8, I ran out of thread probably because of that row I took out. Actually I probably would have run out anyway. So a rush order from Superior tomorrow will allow me to finish.
June 04: The thread is on the way. Superior is a great company with exceptional customer service. I could not ask for better. Thanks again Pati & Superior.
June 10: After a long week of waiting for the thread which came in yesterday afternoon, I am quilting again--40 minutes of sewing time so with basting and rolling the quilt, I hope to done in well less than 2 hours. It took 2.5 hrs. Oh well. That is just how it goes. Finished! This quilt at 98x112 is just too big for one photo.
Blame the full moon rising but I am chuckling at my post title King Quilters because they live in King, NC & their quilts are king size. Today Sharon Stoehr & Vicki Boissey showed up at 11 AM sharp as planned. We got Sharon's church fundraiser raffle quilt loaded at last after devising a way to deal with the fact that it is too wide for my setup. I'll blog quilt progress under separate posts except to say we got two rows completed before they had to head home at 6:30 PM with barely a break to grab a quick bite to eat. I'll finish up the longarming on this one tomorrow. Both of my new friends will return perhaps next week to do Vicki's log cabin quilt. That gives her time to make some alterations & me time to get in more of the perfect thread we found for these quilts. I feel I made two friends today for we have far more in common than quilting.
May 03: You gals must be congresswomen too (i.e. it takes an act of Congress to get me to do a lot of things)! It was time to solve my space problem behind the longarm once and for all. After rearranging things so we could work on Friday, this morning (Sunday) I decided to fix the problem so the longarm can run freely the full length of the table rails. THANK YOU!