Back in November I had asked my son for some ideas for his fiancée and he told me she love hand/homemade. I knew she love green because she is a true Irish lady. So I decided I would piece together a quick quilt for my soon to be daughter-in-law, Jennie Olera Malone. I knew I didn’t have much time to make a complicated one so I chose to do a simple stripe of most of the green fabric I had on hand.
I called a friend of mine that does machine quilting and asked her if we had time to get this ready for a Christmas gift and she assured me it would not be a problem. She said if I had everything to her by the second week of December we would be in good shape and she would have it back to me by the week before Christmas.
I pondered over the look of the quilt to be pieced and what to use for a backing which I knew would have to be ordered. After deciding what I wanted I went online to Joann’s thinking this would be my quickest option and should have it by the first full week of December. WRONG!!!
I placed the order online on November 28th and didn’t get a confirmation until December 4th. It was to be shipped FedEx from Michigan, okay this will work coming FedEx. Long story short the fabric arrived on Christmas Eve and we had our Christmas get-together on Saturday before Christmas. I took a picture of the pieced quilt and put a note with it in an envelope for Jennie under the Christmas tree. This was not a very good first Christmas from the Caldwell family to her but I think she understands.
These are some pictures I took of the finished piecing and the quilting is underway at my friends. I’m hoping Jennie will like it when she FINALLY receives the gift.
I pieced the quilt with light and dark green fabrics. It’s made to fit a king-sized bed with hangover on the sides and the length will hang over about a foot with room to tuck in pillows if she likes.
The backing will be solid and quilted with ivy quilting. It’s also the fastest quilt I’ve ever put together. I’m hoping to make everyone in the family a quilt this winter.
I’ve learned a great lesson from this. I will not order from Joann’s online again but go to the store and I will definitely avoid FEDEX!!
This has been another successful quilting day for me. First I corrected the mistake in block six from yesterday. Then I spent two hours cutting the pieces to make the two different blocks that follow. There are four different blocks but two versions of each pattern; subtle, yet vibrant differences when you look carefully.
Block # 7
This is block 7 of the Sampler Quilt I started yesterday. It’s a simple block but look at the difference changing the colors can make in Block 8.
Block # 8
Block # 9
You can see the same difference in placement colors for Block 9 and 10.
I plan to do this throughout the quilt, that is, two color placements of the same block. It will give me practice for all the blocks that will wind up in the quilt. I’m really pumped to complete the entire king size quilt.
This is the correct Block six that caught my eye yesterday and it only took about ten minutes to pull out the seams, turn the blocks and put it back together.
Corrected Block #6
I may not be as productive tomorrow because I have 36 half pints of blackberry jelly to process, but more about that later!!
I’ve set a goal for the year of completing a king-sized sampler quilt in burgundy as the primary color. I started it yesterday and completed six 10 inch blocks. Now, I just have to keep it up and hopefully have all of the 200+ blocks completed in three months, I hope!! I thought I would share the blocks as I go along so this will be a continuing post. Here’s the first six:
I think this is a pretty good start and if I 12 weeks to complete 200 blocks, that means I have to complete about 17 blocks a week, which works out to three a day for the next three months. WOW! Maybe I’d better rethink this time limit and make it six months instead of three. Oh well, I will get it done and I will post as I go. Wish me luck!! Did I tell you I also have three baby quilts to start and finish by JUNE 2013!!!!!!!
This is the blog for our little farm in Skagit county. Here we have Shetland sheep and Nigerian Dwarf goats. In addition we have donkeys, llamas, cattle, pigs, chickens, geese, and peafowl. The blog describes the weekly activities here.