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Terry & Linda Roush tell me this hand pieced quilt was made by a family friend in southern Ohio who was 90 years old
when she completed it. She died about a year ago but was still making quilts for friends until she passed. Wow!
Making two of these -- one for Joan's RWB project & one for my dear friend, John Garland
To avoid redundancy, I am combining these quilt in one blog post
May 20: Been hoping to make this quilt for awhile. Made the mistake of stopping in at the local quilt shop just to say hello. Got me thinking deeper about fabrics. Contrast to make the flag (not the borders) "wave" is the key.
Jun 13: Settled on some fabrics. Wanted more contrast but this will work. Ordered Andover Stars Navy Fabric. I will piece or paper piece the stars if I can perfect it.
Jun 17: The navy fabric is here so I am all set to piece when I get/make the time. Working on my star. Found a paper pieced star pattern I like.
Jul 19: Pre-washed all the fabrics.
Jul 23: Asked Joan if she would be interested in doing the paper piecing. She just might.
Nov 11: Veterans Day. Been working on stars since Saturday trying to get the right dimensions. Ain't easy as the slightest change makes a huge difference. See also 15 Stars for JR Garland.
Nov 13: After 5 long days & many samples, I finally have a star that I think will work nicely. Now I understand why the author of this quilt design used wonky stars but I got stubborn and want something more like the real flag. Where is Betsy Ross when you need her? My star isn't perfect but it is visually close. Still very confused as to why my first sample star came out perfect but just too small & all the others have needed tweaking. Maybe not through with this process yet until I figure this out. Just saying.
Nov 16: Have 16 stars cut ready to sew. Helping a friend a couple of days this week...just saying.
Nov 17: Sewing one set of 16 stars together.
15 Stars for JR Garland
John (JR) Garland is a treasured friend since 2005, former neighbor, published author & Vietnam veteran.
When I visited Frank last week at the assisted living facility as I do every Sunday, I noticed he did not sit back in his recliner which can't recline because there isn't room in his small room. I wondered if a pillow wouldn't work nicely for him. Today we tested the idea with one of his bed pillows wrapped in the small quilt I made for him last November. Perfect. His favorite color is red. As we chatted, the pattern he liked was a hound/hunting dog. He has owned many in his lifetime. Picked up a pillow and some red fabric on the way home. While washing the fabric, I created my design. The quilting went fast. Used wool batting from among my remnants to accentuate the quilting. I like it. Can't wait for Tuesday to give it to him.
This is a joint project by Cynthia (mom) and Dionne (daughter). I have enjoyed this on my work table for the past week.
Note: The bows are beautifully hand pieced.