Last fall I was awarded a commission to make a very special quilt for a couple that lost their home to the ravages of fire. Fire has touched my family on several occasions, from the Firestorm in Kelowna, to the house fires that my ex-husband and his family experienced to the house fire my son and daughter in law survived. It does something to my heart when I hear of another victim. I met with Judy and she showed me the remains of some quilt treasures she had found and valued over the years. She asked me if I could recreate one of the quilts. We had fun discussing fabrics and colors and batting. I started on the quilt; which was a variation of the Lonestar Pattern; a circle. I used Lynne Goldsworthy’s pattern. Lone Star Circle Quilt from Krista Hennebury’s Book; Make It, Take It. Krista has a blog which I enjoy poppyprintcreates.blogspot.ca. .I’m so excited! I just figured out how to insert a link!). You might want to take a peek at her adventures.
This is the quilt I was going for sort of!
and this is the book DH gave me for my birthday!
I had the top 3/4 pieced when disaster struck! DH’s grandson was being babysat by his Grampa when I was working in the greenhouse. I have to tell you grape juice does not come out of a quilt top. I did not have enough of the fabric to redo the top, so my stitch ripper and I spent many hours picking the diamonds apart. I had to start over and redo my design. I have now finished the center medallion and was quilting it when my machine decided it needed a rest and some servicing. It is in the shop now and I am getting closer to the top of the queue. It turns out that a lot of people decide to get their servicing done over the Christmas and New Year holidays since they will not have time to sew with all of the festivities! I have the border panel pieced and ready to go. Now I just need my machine in order to sandwhich and quilt the top and add the borders. I do my own version of QAYG when working on king sized quilts. This one will be gorgeous and I am using 100% wool batting from Carstairs Custom Woolen Mills to keep my friends nice and warm in their off the grid home! The backing is an incredible batik, full of light and color. I am using a mix of Northcott, Moda, and of course my favorite, Robert Kaufman fabric for the top. Once I have my machine back, I will update my progress with more pictures!