I made this for my great nephew. He is 13 years old and is a hunter, fisherman, camper, hiker etc. Anything to do with outdoors. This is another quilt that makes different patterns depending on how you look at it…a star or a zigzag. I saw the pattern on a Donna Jordan video.
After a long illness of kidney disorder my sister recently had to make the decision to have her precious rag doll cat euthanised after he went into renal failure. She's totally devastated & heart broken for her beautiful cat & best friend. At the very time of her heart ache I was in the process of making a gorgeous cat pattern that I stumbled across on a site and was making it just because I wanted to 'bust some of my stash'. When I spoke to my sister & she told me of Jasper's passing I knew that this project would be gifted to her. I love how it has turned out & I really hope she loves it too.
Well, once upon a time.... I wanted to make denim quilts from old pants and garment sewing. I had a good selection of color and arranged them in a pleasing manner. I thought it would be nice to have some flannel in the middle to aid in these cold N.D winters! I asked my DH if I could send at least one quilt out to be quilted, he said I could. I was sooo excited!! This was the one. I serged around the outside edges and sent it away. When it returned, I was horrified to see the wrinkled border and a note, "Good luck with the binding!" $80.00 for my fault at sending this off to be quilted, I was so upset, that it was tucked away in a box not to be seen again for another 14 years. This was the reason I asked to get a long arm of my own. They floated the quilt, it had lots of backing so that wasn't the problem. It was the quilter who didn't focus on their task. I almost want to take it apart and redo it. Thoughts anyone?
This quilt started as a way to use up some of my stash. The solids were from a charm pack and the background was left over from another projects. I decided to build on half square triangles and played with various layouts. It is such a cheerful quilt, I decided to give it to my dad for his 95th birthday. Then I decided to make it extra special by having all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and various spouses, sign it. I think there are 30 signatories.
Usually I am too OCD about mystery quilts, need to see it and decide if I like it enough to even work on it, and color placement…oh, that’s a killer isn’t it! But decided last year to give this one a try; so I picked my colors and a friend posted them for Roxanne to weigh in. (I don’t use Facebook, not a recent choice. A since the beginning when teachers were told don’t do it choice). I got each week’s clues from my friend and waited until the end. Which I was very happy I did. Because I had two of my colors reversed and the stars never would have shown up. Then it sat all sandwiched and ready to quilt while I tried to come up with a way to quilt all that busyness of the piecing. I never could, so it is just what I call my nickel sized meander. Something I tell myself as I’m quilting…I do a pinky toe nail size, (tiny), dime sized, (small), nickel sized, (medium), and quarter sized, (large) meanders - where those items can be placed in the swoops and loops so it stays consistent. Enough of my goofiness. I backed it with flannel and will put it on my chair as my iris blooming time of year throw.
Something I saw inspired me to think green. Then I saw this pattern and the green really took hold. I found two green prints in my stash and it became evident really quickly which one went with my “solid” green leftovers. I really liked how it looked in my brain as a center medallion in a large bed of white. After a quick consultation with my design team (Mom, Aunt, and sisters) I made more and pushed it to a queen size. Then I had to ask a friend how do you figure giant triangles for on point blocks? She found a great tool! And the best thing it worked! https://www.allpeoplequilt.com/sites/allpeoplequilt.com/files/uploads/cutting_setting_squares_and_trianges.pdf Then I made myself crazy by putting a tiny strip of white in the borders. Why am I posting before it is finished? Because I am planning on some interesting repetition of the piecing in the quilting; and it is only half formed in my brain so those types of projects can sit for a year in my to-do pile as the designs percolate.
Another from my Mom’s stash. She wanted it to practice her free motion quilting. But never could get past the keeping your stitches the same length part. I was a bit anal going around each petal and detail and changed thread color for the flowers and worked my back into a spasm! Aw well, it turned out ok.