March 29, 2014
I ran out of the white fabric (and steam - I have 3 baby gifts to make!), so I left off the last 2 borders. I'm going to get a fabulous striped binding to finish this off.
Love the pattern, Carrie. Sinta and Sherrie - I'm ready for the parade!
March 22, 2014
Backstory, abbreviated: I started this quilt in 2007 as a block of the month. It's the Golden Memories sampler designed by Lori Smith, From My Heart to Your Hands. Loved the fabrics and made the first 3 blocks immediately. Following my usual block of the month M.O., the rest of the blocks were put in a project block since I was always in the middle of some other quilt project when they arrived in my mailbox.
Fast forward to November 2011, when I started to work on the blocks again. I made many fabric substitutions when I found that the combinations were not always pleasing. I was very happy to have a large Civil War reproduction fabrics stash that I could use to make this quilt my own.
I also discovered some sizing issues with some of the sampler blocks, and ended up having to remake 9 blocks in order to have them fit the 7-1/2" block size.
My friend Joyce, upon seeing my finished top, told me I had to have it hand quilted, so I did. And I am so happy I took her advice. I contacted a company called Plain and Simple Quilts and a lovely lady named Mary beautifully hand quilted my sampler. Those log cabin strips are 3/4" finished, people! And each patch is outline quilted. 32 sampler blocks, 31 log cabin blocks and pieced outer border. 2,980 pieces.
This. This is my masterpiece. I don't know if I will ever top this one (but I'm going to keep trying).
March 17, 2014
What did me in? I got a message that the Civil War sampler quilt I was having hand quilted was on its way home to me. I intended to use the border fabric for the binding of this quilt, but when I found the fabric in my stash, I didn't think it was meant to be the binding.
There had to be something better. A dig through my Civil War stash told me it wasn't anything I already had, so I went poking around at the Fat Quarter Shop. I found what I thought would be a great binding, an olive green and black Jo Morton pinstripe, and it was on sale! I bought it with less than a week to go before the end of the month, thereby losing my "no fabric" bet with my DD.
I wasn't even sure the fabric would be a match - you know how it is sometimes when you order online - the color you get isn't always the color you were expecting.
Posted by Lisa D. at 7:54 AM