However, with the upcoming Timberlane Quilt Show, a deadline is looming. And you know how I rise to the challenge when there is a deadline involved. For the past two weeks it has been all about my Gillies Bay Garden quilt. This is a UFO with a past. I first saw this quilt hanging in Rose Garden Quilts, and it was the reason I took up quilting about 10 years ago. They were teaching a class on the quilt, but I was unable to attend due to work schedule conflicts. I bought the book, and was gifted with the accompanying videos a couple years later. It is an Eleanor Burns pattern from the book "Grandmother's Garden Quilt.", and is based on a pattern from 1928's that was published as a serial in a newspaper. See the link to her pattern: http://www.eleanorburns.com/shoponline/books_display.asp?book=Grandmothers_Garden_Quilt&i=17900&pg=2
|Canterbury Bells Block|
This quilt has had many stops and starts, due to me changing my mind about layout options, running out of background fabric, buying alternate block background fabric that I didn't like once I had cut it out, etc. The bulk of the flower blocks were sewed during my convalescence from gallbladder surgery three years ago. I originally bought a pansy print that I was going to use for sashing fabric between the blocks, but once they were done, I decided it looked too busy. So I decided to use layout option #2, which was to have alternate blocks of cream fabric in between the flower blocks. This was all very well and good, except the original cream background, bought 4 years earlier, was no longer around. So I went in search of something that would co-ordinate. This is not as easy as it might seem. There are way too many shades of cream or off white, and the one I first picked was a rarely found shade, it seems. I purchased one fabric, did not like it once I cut it out, and am now using it for a pieced background on the quilt. I had a fat quarter of the perfect fabric in my stash, but did not know where or when I had acquired it. By some lucky happenstance, my good friend Angel found yardage one day at Fabricland. So now I could proceed with my quilt.
I decided that the lovely flower blocks needed Trapunto quilted alternate blocks to compliment them, and after watching the Reversible Quilts video by Sharon Pederson, decided on a Quilt-as-you-go method with tiny sashing between the blocks. Each alternate trapunto block took about and hour and a half to quilt. The flower blocks take about 45 min to an hour each to quilt with fine stippling. This fine quilting would have been very difficult to accomplish on a queen sized quilt fully assembled. I finished quilting the main body of the quilt this weekend and started joining them together with the 1/2 inch sashing. The only downside to this method is that you have to sew all the sashing on the back of the quilt down by hand on one edge. I forsee a week of nonstop hand sewing. I decided to use the original pansy fabric for the sashing on the back and the final quilt binding. The yardage I currently have on hand will hopefully be sufficient. I think this will be a close one. Oh, for another third of a metre.
|Partially Assembled Quilt|
|Scraps, border strips & bits|