Terrie has been planning and quilting this for months. Truly a work of HeART.
Terrie's EQ7 drawing she used to plan this special quilt.
Sep 17: Quilt shipped. We've been having so much fun planning how to quilt this.
Sep 19: I have Terrie EQ7 drawing & have purchased her patterns.
Sep 20: Still need to draw it up in IQ this evening. Crystal Smythe of Intelligent Quilting is digitizing the border text for us. The quilt is here.
Sep 22: IQ pattern layout is done so I'm ready to setup for quilting.
Sep 23: Asked Terrie for sample fabrics so we can decide whether to use silver thread all over or use silver with red for the lettering. She agreed.
Sep 26: Loaded.
Sep 27: Quilting. Will finish side borders tomorrow.
Sep 28: Quilted. Will ship today.
Terrie's little lap quilt has a neutral flannel backing with a map on it. She also sent along some bamboo batting.
"It's an old pattern called Road to Tennessee. I rotated the blocks to make Xs and Os for hugs and kisses."
Apr 02: Learned the quilt was on the way.
Apr 05: Package arrived.
Apr 06: Opened, photographed & started this blog.
Apr 29: Preparing to load. Loaded & basted.
Apr 30: Finally got my pattern this morning & IQ is programmed & ready to quilt. Quilting. Now past half way. Looks like I just might ship this today.
This quilt was commissioned by Jen Kwasniewski.
Terrie McCoy pieced it.
After piecing the backing & custom quilting, I will finish with hand binding.
Now that the quilting is finished and the quilt removed from the frame, it has a wonderful 3-D effect.
Mar 15: Quilt is on the way here for longarming. Jen will send backing to match the top. Played with a mini-layout to show Jen what we need to be thinking about. I have these patterns but there are lots of DWR sets available.
Mar 18: The quilt top is here. Unlike Terrie's photos, there is no border for quilting. Since the quilt is folded right side in, I am not going to unfold it now. Just folded back one corner...
Apr 25: Measured the quilt & shopped for backing.
Apr 26: Ordered the backing.
Apr 27: Whole quilt top photos. Tweaked the design a bit & expanded to reality size.
May 01: The backing is here but it doesn't match the top.
May 06: The new backing arrived.
May 10: Piecing the backing. The backing is ready and draped over the frame ready to load. The batting is also ready.
May 11: The back is loaded. Now for preparing the top. This will be time consuming because the solid colors at the points where the circles meet ravel like crazy & they must NOT show through the white--the veins would look horrible. I will trim them as I press and then also be trimming them again as I go each time I roll the quilt. No doubt I will still miss a few but it won't be for lack of trying & lots of TLC. The top is now loaded too. Basting the top & sides is next.
May 12: Basted. Though I was ready to quilt but everything is sized wrong. Back to designing.
May 13: Sorry, just couldn't work.
May 14: Quilting has started. 3/4 of the first row of circles done. I suspect I will need to use transparent thread to stitch around the colored squares but will wait until everything else is done.
May 15: Made some progress but very little.
May 16: Finally starting to feel a bit better. I have documented through pictures the process I am doing. You can judge how close I am or am not coming to what I what. Got row 2 finished today. Any more photos will just be redundant as I forge ahead.
May 17: Only rolled the quilt basted the next row.
May 18: What a miserable week. Got row three done today - only took 4 hours!!! Yikes! And now I am drained again. HA! Got another row done in only 3 hours. This means I am half way.
May 19: Row 5 done in 2.5 hrs! Row 6 now finished too.
May 20: Quilting is finished. Binding is ready to attach.
May 21: I went in to attach the binding & didn't like what I was seeing. It doesn't look right to me with no quilting outside the rings. Spent the day seeing what I could come up with. One option is black instead of white binding. Another is to trim the inch or so of white down to 1/2 inch. If I add quilting, I first have to add a thrown away border so I can reload the quilt. What to do? Think I will just leave this alone for awhile.
May 22: Have now seriously considered a scalloped border but I can't do one. Jen does like the idea of black binding so I bought some shiny black fabric today for that. I think I am going to reload and fill-in some quilting outside the rings & then bind it in black--a lot of work but this quilt is worth it. Wish me success! I have attached extensions to the top & bottom of the quilt & reloaded.
May 23: In the wee hours of the morning, I came up with a final plan for the edges. This one I like. I have it all worked out in my mind how I am going to do this. And I am going to try to attach the binding using the longarm so I don't have to wrestle with this very large and heavy quilt.
May 24: Started quilting the edging.
May 25: Finished the edging. Prepared and attached the binding. Ready to do the hand work.
May 29: No news means I am binding as I get a chance.
Jun 07: Binding is done.
Jun 15: Jen is coming today to pick up her quilt.
A sneak preview of Terrie's Bandana quilt.
Once again Nancy has been an invaluable help. She mentioned Sgt. Shootes to me back in December & immediately Terrie said YES for him to receive her quilt. He knows about it too. So much fun...and joy.
Jan 19: Terrie and I had some fun tonight tossing around ideas of how to quilt her bandana project. It will be fun to see where we end up.
Jan 22: EQ7 rendition that will probably need modification.
Jan 25: Terrie offered a layout to get things moving.
Jan 26: I devoted the day to trying different layouts. Together Terrie & I are trying to come up with the perfect plan even density that won't take until Easter to longarm. LOL. Seriously!! I will spare you all the process until we get closer to a YES smile from each of us. After a second long day, I just deleted (by accident) my entire folder of quilt layouts.It's okay because I have it memorized by now and have all the pieces saved as patterns. Easy to recreate but not easy to find a YES! design. Ideas welcomed.
Jan 27-28: Still working on an IQ plan.
Jan 29: The quilt top is here. Actually it was at the PO Saturday but couldn't be delivered.
Meanwhile, Nancy Haacke of Wasatch Quilting and Laurie Thomas of It's A Quilt Thing have offered their assistance with patterns for this quilt. Both women are IQ pattern designers. After several very long days, Terrie has decided on the plan she wants. In a very rough cut & paste kludge, it is shown below.
Jan 30: I feel like a plan is slowly emerging.., Yes, we have a plan for sure.
Feb 03: Prepared the quilt for loading (pressing, checking size of batting and backing).
Feb 04: Loaded & basted. Ready to quilt. I will be quilting this rotated counter clock wise 90 degrees. There are several reasons. 1) The borders are on the sides only. 2) The blocks are 16". I never program a panto larger than 15" to be sure it fits. As a quilt is rolled up, it takes up quilting space. Doing this sideways leaves me the maximum amount of quilting space on the third column. 3) The backing has 2 vertical seams. Quilting sideways changes these to horizontal seams which do much better.
Feb 05: This is FUN!!
Feb 06: Quilted and shipped.
Terrie McCoy has given us a sneak preview of her quilt top & the pattern she used.
Terrie, bless her heart, down-sized her quilt so it would fit on my machine. Instead, she wants a border that complements but is distinct from the panto for the rest of the quilt.
Such incredible piecing! This kind of
quilt terrifies me! Nonetheless, the quilt absolutely speaks for itself. So Fine! white thread to quietly quilt the dragonflies with medium density.
Sept 22: I first heard from Terrie & she already knew what patterns she wanted. Her quilt was too wide for my machine so she set about revising it so I could do it for her. Wow!
Sept 30: Received Terrie's picture of her quilt and started this post.
Oct 01: Quilt shipped here.
Oct 04: The quilt has arrived.
Oct 26: Backing & batting are loaded. Quilt top is ready to load. IQ is roughly programmed. Doing an EQ7 rendition to help get an idea of pattern sizes.
Oct 27: Finished the IQ programming. The quilt is loaded and basted.
Oct 28:Experimented with a fancy border ...
Oct 29: Removing the entire border after removing half of it yesterday. Still have half to go this morning. Am I a bit scared to try a third time? You bet!
Oct 30: I have admitted my limitations and Terrie has agreed for me to do a panto. Even so I am looking at well over three hours of stitching time which means 8+ hours total. Made it half way.
Oct 31: I have made it past the half way point. Will finish today one way or the other. And so I did. Finished.