Nov 20: 1918: My friend, Narciso Gomez, is here from Florida for the family's annual Thanksgiving hiatus from all things medical.
In addition to his Nautical Flags quilt, Narci wants a wall hanging of his medical shield for his office. Thinking embroidered fleur de lis & lettering with gold fabric for the border, backing & binding.
Nov 23: Fabrics, fleur de lis patches are ordered. Nov 29: Fleur de Lis patches are here. Nov 30: Ordered "Gomez" & "Surgical" patches. Dec 03: Fabrics are here. Dec 23: "Gomez" & "Surgical" patches are here. All set. Jan 28, 2019: Using the shield in the quilt to sketch the shield for the wall hanging. Jan 29: Did a mock-up to figure out how I want to do this. I think mounting or framing it will be better than quilting it. Did the hard part--shield in the center. Planned everything else. Jan 30: Doing the wall hanging for real. Jan 31: Narci wants this behind glass. I talked to a framing company in Boone. I was advised to complete this as a quilt with binding. They will sew it to mat & make a box frame. They cannot put glass next to the fabric because it will mildew. They will use a glass that appears to not even be there. A bit pricey but worth it. BTW, this wall hanging has always been my gift to a friend. I'm excited about it. Feb 01: Hmm. Binding has been ready. - don't remember making it. Feb 02: Backing is ready. Feb 05: We have a quilting plan. Feb 11: Quilted. Working on the binding. Will attach the patches last. Feb 13: Visited Tom of Ashe Custom Framing & Gallery. Tom, a patient and dedicated artist, hung in there as we hashed through many ideas. Suggestions: use metallic braid rather than the gold fabric, remove the small gold border so the white & blue touch. Best of all, I did NOT have to quilt this to frame it so we are in fact going back to my original vision. I am remaking the whole wall hanging which will look awesome in a frame Tom has selected. YES! YES! YES! Feb 14: Hobby Lobby has the additional blue fabric I need. Two stores in Boone carry some gold braid that I think will work & match the fleur de lis patches. Off I go. Found several. Feb 15: Re-made the wall hanging minus the gold border. Spent several hours with Tom of Ashe Custom Framing & Gallery. Could not have done this without him. Picked a trim. Puzzled over how to attach it. Feb 16: Several more hours with Tom attaching the patches and braid. Tom had constructed a box with a blade to cut his 1/2" double sided tape down to width we needed & a template for perfectly positioning the fleurs-de-lis & for cutting my blue shield. Selecting a frame was the hardest part. The one we thought would work didn't go with the gold decorations. After trying nearly every frame in the shop, I was ready to give up in despair. I spotted a couple of thin brass frames while Tom was leaning toward a simple black one. We decided that not knowing the office decor, Narci would have to choose. Feb 17: The frame is ordered. Feb 27: Picked up the final product.