I am a quilter - a retired woman living with my husband in the Nebraska Panhandle. We are surrounded by beautiful semi-arid ranch country, and treeless hills and fields under incredibly wide blue skies. We are located far from the upheaval found often in large towns or cities. I am blessed to have delicious time to quilt and to appreciate my peaceful moments in an unpeaceful world.
I quilted each of the 4 borders in a different design. Hey, a gal needs to keep practicing. I did swirls, circles, paisleys and a leafy/viney thing in the borders. Red on top, white on back resulted in "pokies" on the back. The few pokies in the top just needed a permanent Sharpie. No solution for the back pokies - many efforts -- I finally admitted defeat and called it good! 8-)) Thank you again, Ms. Bonnie Hunter for this fine project.
The lesson I learned was that I used JUST WHAT WAS IN THE BOX. No fiddling, trying new fabrics, trying to match, colors, etc. I DID add the red and white, but somehow, forcing myself to just use what was available, resulted in a faster process, an amazing number of fabric combos that I would never have used before, and a delightful surprise when almost each block looked really fine! There's a good lesson for all of us who struggle with colors, matching, to the point of over-analysis which leads to paralysis.
This is 83 in. square - a big machine quilting project on my domestic machine. It's easy to make and you can reduce the number of blocks for a smaller quilt. Bonnie's pattern is in her latest current book.
I'm approximately half way into machine quilting this large quilt. The first part I used Essential Pro quilting thread which has always worked wonderfully in other quilts but this project did NOT like that thread. I experienced numerous skipped stitches, frazzled and broken thread. Despite the use of Sewer's Aid, 1 bigger needle, then a second new needle, the problems persisted. So exasperating!! I dug around in my threads and was delighted to find a large spool of a similar color from Superior Threads. Wow, it works like a dream - I've worked 4-5 hours with not one issue! Dig that backing!
Yikes, what fun!!!
We installed a flag pole recently. There is a solar light at the top, so no floodlight is needed to meet flag etiquette.
Every year we take a photo on my birthday under my HUGE Birthday Tree of 9 years ago when it was only a twig. We now have some shade in the afternoon! For whatever reason, I always hold a quilt for the photo.
What happened to my plan of "only smaller tops"??? This is 83 x 83". Frankly it WAS just plain fun to keep using all the combinations of fabric. mmmm I've said that about a previous quilt ..."couldn't stop making the blocks."
The backing is white with quarter-sized polka dots! Exactly what it needs, MORE COLOR! LOL
And yes, it looks exactly like Bonnie Hunter's with same name. I really didn't want to copy hers - it was just so adventuresome, and tedious, I was afraid to make it any other way.
I keep looking at Bonnie Hunter's Garden Party to be sure this is going to "turn out". Hers is so cheerful and mine is pretty much a copy of hers so I'm feeling confident. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it certainly will cause a few heads to turn, perhaps whispers, hopefully giggles. My favorite response is "Look what she did!"
Every block would make an interesting and attractive quilt by itself, even the odd combinations. You probably figured the edge will be bordered and then points will be cut leaving a straight edge.
The red chain sure does holds it all together.
The most recent rows are laid out while I am balancing myself on crutches - arghhhh! This is likely an ancient untreated injury, pre-highschool, which has raised it's ugly head. Plans are underway for some kind of orthopedic repairs on my ankle. Might slow me down for a time. 8-((
Here are my parts and pieces, blocks, side setting triangles and corners. I tallied up all the bits and except for 2 sets of borders, here is the total. Frankly, I'm surprised that piecing it all did not take longer! I dislike that my project is nearly the same as Bonnie Hunter's, but hers looked so good, and my colors were as varied as hers, I remembered that old adage, "don't change what ain't broke!"
House painting is getting close to DONE. Happy Day!