02/18/2012: Original plan. Didn't like Quilting Treasures pattern so I made my own. It has been modified many times to fit the constraints of the fabric I have on hand.
10/10/2013: Last night while rocking on the porch late at night, I was thinking about this quilt. Would I keep it? Would I give it away? Would I sell it? I have pondered these questions many times.
Now I know what I will do. My daughter is THE Little Engine who always could, does and always will know that she can do whatever she makes up her mind to do. She is my inspiration, ever my purpose and the one person I most admire. My life is what it is because of her.
I will make this & dedicate it to her. Along with a copy of the book this will be hers. NOW I am motivated to finally piece it.
Making the Quilt
Oct 13: I thought I had the top all planned out 20 months ago but today I realized that four of the images are not Little Engine That Could blocks. If anyone wants a couple of Puff'n Toot &/or The Chocolate Train panel blocks, let me know. I won't be using them.
Piecing & Quilting
Nov 18: I have a few minutes so I have pressed the fabrics and started cutting and piecing. Decided on some version of the 9-block. Center of pinwheel blocks are done. The tricky part is that the image blocks ar 10.5" x 11.5". Think I have a plan that will work. We'll see.
Nov 19: HA! By oversizing the red triangles around the pinwheel blocks, I can trim them down. Added blue borders to panel blocks. Trimmed all blocks to the same size. Ready for sashing & then borders. Plan change--just don't have enough red to make the diamonds but have just enough of the blue toss to use there.
Nov 20-22: Completed piecing. Had to omit side red borders so the top & bottom train borders would fit. This top surprised me that it turned out as large as it is.
Nov 24: Train With Trees plan proposal
Dec 14: Train Tracks plan proposal
Dec 15: Prepped. Loaded. Quilting. It will take 36 minutes to quilt each row. That gets a WOW! Quilted in one evening.
Dec 16: Squaring and then attaching binding.
Dec 24: Bound & wrapped for giving tomorrow.
10/13/2013 10:11:05 am
Oh My!!! I love this! Such a wonderful thing to do for Joanne. Looking at your choices, I can see where you are having trouble deciding. I like the designs with the pinwheels best and I like it where you have the pinwheel blocks on the corners. I also like having the cornerstones in the sashing. So, I like best # 3 and #5 mainly because I like red, I like the position of the pinwheels and the cornerstones. But, that's just me - any one will look great. I envy you being in the mountains this time of year and getting to enjoy the leaves and cool temps on your porch. Have a good week!
10/13/2013 01:15:42 pm
It has been very nice here this fall even though the leaves are rather dull. After such a wet summer, the dry with moderately cool temp is perfect. I like the red too & deleted all the blue options. I also like the open look with no pinwheels but they do look nice. I will be able to tell better when I am working with real fabric. Thanks for the feedback. I don't think she reads my blog so I hope this remains a surprise. If not, that is okay too. I'll be in Greensboro to find some borders for Dorothy's skins quilt on Wednesday. Maybe I'll see you & you can lend an eye..
10/13/2013 12:43:48 pm
For me #3 with the pinwheels on point and the blocks. What a nice idea for your daughter. She has an outstanding MOM for an example of drive and succeed.
10/13/2013 01:22:05 pm
I love the fabric & really want to make this quilt happen. Now I have motivation to get to it. This is my first and only quilt design from scratch. WIth 10.5 x 11.5 panel blocks, it will be a challenge to make it fit, especially those top and bottom border squares. Just so happens those are the same blocks I am making in my To Sir quilt. Keep your shoulder available for me, okay?
11/19/2013 01:28:16 am
PERFECT solution! And, this will wind up being very nice!
11/19/2013 01:40:18 am
Thanks for the encouragement.
12/15/2013 08:48:34 am
Can't wait to see the train tracks on this quilt!! It's going to be amazing!!
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