Greetings dear readers! I had hoped to claim ”Golden Glow” a ”finish” on this post, but that will have to wait till later today🙂. I have about 1/8 of the binding yet to sew down:
I started this exactly 3 years ago when I joined Barbara Brackman’s ”Hospital Sketches” sew along. It looked like a fun applique project and each block was accompanied by a story about nurses and nursing during the Civil War. As a physician, I worked closely during my career with many superb, compassionate nurses and making this quilt to honor them appealed to me. Now it’s almost done! I’ve had some trouble with the binding and I’m sure it’s because, since I didn’t quilt the sashings, I also chose not to quilt the outer narrow red border. This left the outer edge of that border a little bigger than the inner edge, the inner edge having been drawn in a bit by the quilting of the quilt center. When adding the binding I had to take great care to gather some areas to avoid pleating, but I’m worried about whether this will hang straight:
I plan to add a sleeve soon after finishing the binding to hang the quilt and get the answer. This is a bed quilt, not a show quilt so normally that wouldn’t matter, but it’s going to be in the NEQM exhibit this summer so that might be an issue. I’ll keep you posted!
Meanwhile, I’ve been having a lot of fun choosing fabrics and making blocks for this:
Interestingly, I was browsing through a book I have called ”Florida Quilts” – one of those state quilt documentation books – and found this:
I wondered if ”Wagon Wheel” was the name of the quilt or the block itself, so I checked Brackman’s ”Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns” and found it’s name is ”Endless Chain” (#272):
I double checked in my other resource for blocks, Jinny Beyer’s “Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns” with the same result:
There are a number if blocks called ”wagon wheel”, but not this one. Then, going back and looking at the Timna Tarr article confirmed it – a detail I had overlooked before:
I really identify with the second paragraph above. I’ve realized that I have 2 major ways of designing and creating my quilts: a) Plan very carefully ahead of time (some designs require that) OR b) Design as you go. So far with this project, it’s been mostly (b). I’m just making blocks and not thinking too much about how they’ll go together:
BUT…having made some of those black blocks started me thinking about borders and layouts. It struck me that I could enhance one of those secondary designs by extending it into the black blocks or a black border. I cut little pieces of fabric and laid them over some block sections. Compare the photo below with the top one of the 3 above:
And here’s another example of those ”rays” extended into the black:
If I do those extentions – pretty sure I am! – I’ll need to remake black blocks with the appropriate colored pieces to match the adjacent blocks. This is getting me back into the ”plan very carefully ahead of time” design territory!😊 Then I started thinking about overall layout. Incredibly, I was able to put my hands right on this little booklet that I think I won in a penny sale:
I figured out 2 different layouts. The one in the lower right corner is a straight set with a black border all around and the one in the upper left runs the colored blocks diagonally across the quilt with black only in the upper left and lower right corners:
No idea yet which layout I prefer! Feel free to let me know if you, dear readers, have a preference! In any case, I can’t make any more black blocks until I decide, because if I go with the black border all the way around, every one will have the color extensions and I will have to have the entire center fully arranged to know what colors are going where before making them. Meanwhile, I can keep making colored blocks since I need about 20 more.
I am making slow but steady progress on Maple Leaf Rag. Border #3 is finished and I’ve started the embroidery embellishment of border #4:
I’m doing outline hand quilting on Sweet Journeys:
In my last post, I forgot to mention that one of my goals for 2022 is to gradually clean and organize the sewing room. It’s actually not in bad shape, but the last time I did this was 4-5 years ago and since then more stuff has accumulated, some of it in the wrong places, and my sense of what supplies I’m realistically going to need going forward has changed some so this makes sense so things don’t get too out of control. My first item was to change my ironing surface cover! This was last done about a year ago and boy did it need a change! Mine gets funky with scorch marks, sizing spilled on it, etc. I have my own homemade (out of plywood) surface made from a Sharon Schamber Youtube tutorial and love it. I like covering it with Stonehenge fabrics because it looks like I’m working on a granite surface and it looks great in the sewing room! Here’s my latest:
Winter is here with a vengeance!
Those are the days to hunker down inside and sew!😊 Luckily there are still plenty of days warm enough to walk – anything over about 15 degrees! Some scenes from my neighborhood:
The elk farm and some elk!:
The bog and an area of frozen water, snow and branches that has an abstract quality:
Stone walls are everywhere here. Where dies this lead?….
Always looking for winter color – hardy plants!:
In my neighborhood: He needs a nose!😊:
I’m closing this post with 2 photos of a quilt that was recently featured on ”The Quilt Show”. I’m sorry I don’t have the name of the Japanese quilt maker – will try to get it and put it in my next post. I love everything about this hand made beauty and think you’ll enjoy seeing it!!!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi
oh yes the change in the black hexies are a tremendous lift to this project….and love the stone wall with snow…don’t see them here in maryland…
Hi Gladi, sorry I have been lurking for a while and not commenting. But I do love to read your posts. I too like the change in the black hexies, even if that means you have to wait till you’ve completed the inside blocks before you can make them. Your walks continue to be in such stunning surroundings. I too saw the “young Leaves” quilt featured on The Quilt Show a few days ago and thought it was so beautiful and fresh. Its made by Chizuko Ito and the following was written about it.”Young Leaves” by Chizuko Ito won Third Place in the Hand Quilting / Handmade category at Houston 2021. The artist statement reads: “Early summer is the most beautiful and the brightest season. Woods are turning green and flowers in the fields are blooming. I expressed such a lovely scene in this quilt.”
Happy stitching, Rachel
Thank you Rachel! Thanks so much for the information about the Japanese quilt. It is so striking with the various shades of green on the dark background. It looks like navy on my monitor, but could be black, I guess. And the handwork is exquisite!
Your posts are always a good read and inspiration.
Thank you Kyle. I always consider a post worthwhile if it inspires someone!😊
I really enjoy your Monday morning posts each week. I’m sure by this time Golden Glow is a finish, and a beautiful one it is. I’ve loved that background fabric for the applique blocks since I first saw it. We’re in a winter wonderland here with a foot or so of snow over the past 24 hours. Pretty as long as we don’t have to drive in it.
Thanks Pat! I agree with you about liking the snow as long as I don’t have to drive in it! When I was working, I had many “fear and loathing” drives to and from work😯
I don’t remember Sweet Journey – what a beauty.
I like your dark hexi border. Frames and contains the other blocks nicely.
I’m sure your binding will end up just fine and when blocks it will hang beautifully. What exhibit will it be in?
Thanks Barb! Sweet Journeys is one of those “long journey” projects. The top was completed several years ago and it’s been waiting patiently for its turn for hand quilting. It’s time! Golden Glow was invited be part of an exhibit of quilts made for Barbara Brackman’s Hospital Sketches sew along this summer at NEQM. Can’t wait to see your exhibit there!
Your Golden Glow quilt is exquisite. Again, you amaze me with your precise and intricate work. A trick to get a slightly skew quilt to hang straight is to also sew a sleeve on the bottom of the quilt and to insert a wooden lathe into this second sleeve. This weights the quilt and pulls it into line, as it were.
I am also awed by the research you are doing on your wagon wheel work in progress. I am sure you will arrive at the perfect solution! I am definitely a (b) quilter.
And thank you for those lovely snow pictures. I wouldn’t mind rolling in that snow right now because it’s 34 degrees C, feels like 40 degree C in this part of the world!
Your Wagon Wheels or whatever name they go by ( a rose by any other name would smell as sweet…first time in my life I get to say that) are beautiful…what pretty fabrics you are working with. What an accomplishment Golden Glow is! Thank you for sharing your thoughts as you make your quilty decisions. Also thanks for sharing that very pretty Japanese quilt. So much to take in and all of it beautiful. Thanks Gladi!
Golden glow is beautiful! I’m enjoying your progress on the wagon wheels. Funny how you see a quilt pattern and all of a sudden you see it in other books. I was going through my 1930’s books and saw it done In Feedsacks. Love the happy snowman!