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).
A phone call woke me up this morning & am I ever glad!! The vice president of the Newland Guild was on the line! And so I spent the morning with Diana & James Trivett as we all loaded their quilt together. While I am longarming, they are off to Jefferson. They will stop back by on their way home & hopefully take their quilt with them. Yep! They did indeed! This disappearing nine patch is the second quilt for a member of Riverwalk Quilt Guild in nearby Newland, NC. Eight more and I will longarm a charity quilt for them for free.
Civil War Homefront Kit. Baptist Fan longarm pattern. 2010.
Pieced 01/21/2010. Started before Christmas. Shop sample.
Longarmed by Kelley Jones of Ye Olde Forest Quilters
SOLD 02/2011. My dear friend and RedBubble associate, Rikki Woods, just bought my Civil War Homefront quilt. It is a birthday present for her husband!!
This was my "I didn't know I was supposed to square the blocks too!" quilt. No wonder I had so much trouble trying to get the points to line up. How did I learn? I was at the shop on day and asked a friend about a quilt sample she had done that was on the wall. When she said it took a lot of time to square and re-square each block as she went ... a light came on. Oh! Duh! That makes a lot of sense. It is a miracle this complex pattern came together at all. Kelley, my son-in-law, longarmed it for a shop sample. Later my daughter gave it back to me. I sold it for a ridiculously low price, something I would never do again. Quilt and learn.
Moda Civil War Homefront Kit & matching fabrics from the entire line. Backing is cotton sateen.Longarm Design Pattern:
Baptist Fan typical of Civil War eraSize:
76 x 76
About Barbara Brackman, designer
These smiles are this quilter's gold and this picture is the best on the whole blog!!
I brought back seven projects for either Ye Olde Forest directly or for their customers. What a beautiful collection of quilts & all nicely pieced! These will all be so much fun to do!! The last two quilts are Joanne's and I will bind for her as well.
An absolutely adorable Halloween quilt!!! Donna is making this for her granddaughter.
"Lindsey is 18 soon to be 19. She loves the spooky things. Has worked for several years at one of the big haunted houses in this area. One year she was a zombie and you could hardly recognize her." Lindsey has chosen a batty pattern for her quilt. The detail in the wings makes this a rather dense pattern with 2 1/2 hours of stitching time alone for a 52 x 66 size quilt. By comparison, quilts twice this size with a less dense design take less than 2 hours. That said, this is the perfect pattern for this quilt!!
I've been planning to make some quilted panels to hang over my windows in the winter to further block out the cold. I found some fabric today that will do the trick nicely. The front is Northcott Earth Spirit by Dawn Maher. The backing is Moda American Primer.
July 24: At the quilt shop today, Kelley was cutting styrofoam insulation to fit his store front windows. When the first panel went up it made a huge difference in blocking out the heat. The windows are tinted on the outside so the foam did not show. Inside, the blinds covered it. Quick, inexpensive and easy insulation. SO I will not quilt this after all. I may however just pin the fabric to the insulation.so it looks nice.