CODY'S QUILT PART 1: PLANNING
CODY'S QUILT PART 2: PIECING
I pieced Cody's quilt top in October & thought I would quilt it soon after. Other quilts kept coming in so I decided to save this quilt for last. I stopped receiving quilts in mid November to ensure time to complete this by New Years.
When I heard Cody didn't need the warmth but his mom, Nancy, did. I suspect Cody is the type of man who is very glad his mom got hers first & willing to wait until last.
So I have been looking forward to this since August. It will be the crowning work for a year of longarming beautiful and often challenging quilts. This is the 6th one I pieced this year and only the 2nd one of my own that I will longarm.
Neither this quilt nor words can express my gratitude to Cody and all the wounded warriors in our midst. Their wounds are my wounds. Cody's quilt is theirs too for he receives it not only for himself but for all the wounded. Merry Christmas, Cody, and a very Happy New Year.
Dec 20: Got the backing out to piece ... then came the interruptions. Tomorrow...
Dec 21: Piecing the backing & preparing to load while it snows outside. Brrrrr. I need to re-check the IQ pattern after all I learned while doing Brian's quilt. Meanwhile the quilt is loaded & ready to baste.
Dec 22: Went over the entire plan making substantial changes virtually starting from scratch.
Dec 23: Spent all day on the design brainstorming options.
Dec 24: Still designing. Finished basting. Started quilting late in the afternoon. Got the first row done. Started on the feathers for the inner borders. Oops! Need to split some of the patterns into sew-able sections. I shut everything down & took the IQ tablet computer into the living room to program the splits. The center eagle fits in one pass but the rays and star frame need to be split too. And so it goes. Tis the night before Christmas after all. Snuggling in for a long winter's nap sounds perfect.
Dec 25: Programing breaks into the pattern so they will fit within the 15" roll of the quilt. It takes time to get it right. Ready to resume quilting tomorrow.
Dec 26: A new upgrade, oh yes! Oh no. My IQ started behaving badly--like going left when I went right. Got that fixed. I had to stop & revise some of the splits. All I managed to do today was the two corner stars.
Dec 27: Quilting. Got first row done. Can't do any more because every time I try to SEW, the system reboots. So all is far from well with IQ.
Dec 28: System is still down since last night.
Dec 29: Late in the day I learned I had misunderstood the message to (not) revert to an earlier release. I have now completed all but the center of the 2nd row.
Dec 30: Working on the eagle & its borders. The complications with so many border pieces prompted me to simplify the design, I think for the better. Made decent progress today and got some interesting late night shots.
Dec 31: Quilting has gone smoothly today but setting up each pattern was time intensive. Only have some of the pledge and two sections of single feathers to do. May add some top stitching too.
Jan 01: Finished quilting. Only the binding is left to do.
Jan 02: Attached binding and hand sewing.
Jan 05: Still binding. Posted how I do it--slow, slow, slow.
Jan 07: Finished! Off to ship it.
Jan 10: Received by Cody.
I offered & Georgette Dell’Orco at Quilters Niche accepted two of my patterns used in this quilt.
They now belong to her & she is sharing them for free.
How cool is that?
Find them here.