Another Joan Taylor masterpiece! Here is what she has to say about it:
Just prior to her marriage nearly 5 years ago, my co-worker was honored with a wedding shower. Each guest was asked to bring a small piece of fabric that would be used for making a quilt. That was the only instruction given so the "fabrics" were quite a mishmash -- little bitty pieces, different textures, no theme or color in common. Anyway, she asked me if I would take her sack of fabric pieces and put them into a quilt for her.
I spent countless hours visualizing what in the world I would be able to do. I finally decided on a 'sampler" quilt using 12 inch blocks (more or less); that having been decided, I knew that it would be quite a challenge to try to pick out pieces of fabric that would go together at least for the individual blocks. I can't tell you how many times I ripped and re-did because the fabrics frayed, stretched, etc.
I incorporated a 'church' block and machine embroidered the name of the church where she was married. See the stained glass window at the front of the church? She also asked me to put a piece of her veil in the quilt so I made a block with a lady. After it is quilted, I will add a veil to the lady block with some other embellishments; also the block with the hearts that have the name of the bride and groom and their wedding date, will have embellishments (ribbons and bows).
At any rate, I think the finished product "ain't" that bad and by the time you (me/Linda) get finished with it, I think it will be something that my co-worker will cherish.
As I quilt this, I will take some close-ups of the blocks Joan is describing. I just love hearing the stories behind a quilt!! This one is great! Been hearing bits and pieces since I first met Joan. This is her wow quilt and has taken her even longer! I can relate.
Note: I am merely tracking the process here. Never think Joan less than fastidious! She HATES loose threads & warned me on this one!! Satin & dark fabrics in this quilt, however, always win this battle thus the touch-up trimming. It probably unraveled further just loading it!
The blocks, arranged here as they are on the quilt. Photos don't do these justice. There are fabrics with sparkle (1, 4, 12), satin (8, 14), texture (12, 13, 15, 17), words (9-Amazing Grace), embroidery (10, 11) and applique (6,11).