Sunday, March 15, 2015

Turn on the Air Conditioner, and "Tumalo Trails" /"Cowboy Up" Sandwiching

 
 
 
Can you read that ???  It says 80 degrees, in western Nebraska, at 4000 ft. elevation, on March 15!  Note the dead brown grass in the yard.  I know it won't last but it's pretty nice while we have it.
 
I've been waiting for a warm day to sandwich this project, Tumalo Trails, ala  quiltville.com, that I call "Cowboy Up".  I'll retell my story of how this quilt came to be.  One day I just started making little 9-patches - musta had a sewing bug or something, but I just HAD to sew something.  My sewing table is like an archeological dig, yes, I am embarrassed, but there are layers, including a blue plaid shirt a friend had given me, and I had planned on cutting it up but somehow it just stayed there, in the "pile".  After I had 50-60 9-patches, I began wondering what to do with them.  Suddenly, that plaid shirt fell off it's own pile, onto my 9-patches pile, and by gosh, they really looked handsome together!  voila, a quilt was born!  All the blue half squares were made of that plaid shirt - I couldn't have picked a better choice in a quilt shop, and used every bit of it!  Thanks again, Janet.  This quilt is 86" x 106". 
 
I machine quilt on a DSM, Janome MC 6500. 

 

Uh-oh -- one end is about 3 inches too short!  However, there is plenty of fabric left on the sides to add to the bottom.  I purchased wide, one-piece backing, with a pretty blue viney, leafy motif - not too feminine.  That dark blue narrow strip (above) is a dimensional flange.


7 comments:

Julianne said...

Beautiful! It was 81 degrees here in Northern California yesterday too...too darn hot if you ask me!

swooze said...

Seeing your Tumelo Trail has made me want to make one!

grammilou said...

Beautiful! Lots of work in that one!

Janet O. said...

Love the outcome of your 9-patch binge sewing, and the shirt that fell into place! : )

Mama Joan said...

Love everything about this.....the scrappy 9-patches, the blue shirt (!), the sashings, the border!! Even the backing fabric. Hard not to love. I have a stack of same-size 9-patches...maybe I've found my quilt, too.

Ruth said...

I love how it has turned out! I love 9-patches and it's fun to just mindlessly sew and then find out you have enough to make a quilt! I have been sewing 4" sawtooth stars just because. Not sure yet what I will do with them. You can't have too many basic blocks laying around.

Vic in NH said...

Fabulous weather for the sandwiching of a fabulous quilt! When you say you were short on one side, did you mean on the pretty blue backing fabric? Looks like you have a solution figured out already, good for you!