March 22, 2014
Seven years in the making!
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).