Mar 23: Elizabeth Perez (daughter of Eddunio Gomez) and her family stopped by announcing they wanted a quilt made for her young boys who were nearby playing quietly but energetically. When he spotted my !!!Happy Fourth of July!!! quilt & loved it as much as I do, it was settled. We would make a much smaller one. I would start searching for fabrics & she would come back to make a selection. I told her if I could find a matching jelly roll & layer cake in patriotic colors, that would make the fabric selection easy. Searched all afternoon but didn't have any success finding pre-cuts or similar fabrics. Kept finding duck cloth and seersucker. Aarghh!!
Mar 24: Elizabeth & I worked together for several hours looking online for fabric. When I noticed some of our selections were Northcott Stonehenge fabrics, I focused on those. When I searched wider, we found precut strips and a fat quarter bundle. We were set. She picked a cute backing fabric featuring pirates & we placed the orders. I had already drawn the quilt in EQ7 some months ago so we just had to pop in some of our fabrics to get an idea of how it might look. The real quilt won't be so repetitive. Now all I need is time. Oh, and I get to use Eagles On High again!
Mar 27: Pre-cuts are here. Includes a beautiful panel.
Mar 30: Pirate backing and inner border fabrics are here.
May 10: And now after a week of planning, we have a final plan for the quilt top.
May 03: Started working on the stars. Need to make a template. First effort not so good but know now what to try next.
May 04: Working on those stars. Nasty little innocent looking little blocks. Cut the templates for the stars.
May 05-07: Continuing work on the stars. Stars & their backgrounds are cut out ready to sew.
May 08-09: Working on stripe blocks & on the sashing & cornerstones that complete the star blocks. I can't imagine doing this project with the fabric constraints without EQ7 to give me an evolving idea of the total look.
May 10: We have a plan: Q7.
May 11: Piecing the stripe blocks.
May 12: Finished the stripe blocks after planning a 2nd quilt for another day.
May 14: Piecing the star blocks.
May 14: One down, 11 to go. I have to do better than several hours on one star to make everything fit together nicely. 4 more blocks mostly complete.
May 20: After several days, the star blocks are finally done. The blocks are assembled & the inner border is on.
May 21: Quilt top is finished.
May 22: Need 1.5 more yards of backing. Ordered.
May 29: The rest of the backing fabric is here.
Jun 21: Programmed IQ. Loading.
Jun 22: Loaded and quilting. Using Bottom Line Ivory thread. Very hard to show the quilting on such busy fabrics but I'm trying.
Jun 23: Quilted. Made the binding using the pirates fabric. It is all I have left. Ready to attach it & then start the hand work.
Jun 24: Attached binding. Ready for hand work.
Jul 09: Binding is finished.