Greetings dear readers! This week the hats and gloves came out for those early morning walks with temps in the 40’s. All too soon, it will be long underwear and boots too😊! Last week I showed some hand quilting I’m doing on “Sweet Journeys” and some readers asked about the pattern for it. There is no one “purchasable” pattern, per se. The overall design/layout is by me and is a compilation of block patterns from various sources, several “tweaked” by me by adding birds.
The initial spark came from 2 fabrics. The background:
Sorry the photo is a bit blurry. It’s from Brackman and Thompson’s “Material Pleasures” line and I bought several yards of it when it came out in 1999. It waited years for the right project! After several more years, I found the perfect fabric for a border:
If anyone recognizes the original source for these, let me know!! I “tweaked” some to allow me to add birds:
And I also used some of Ellie Sienkiewicz’s patterns from her books, e.g. this basket:
As for the center block, I saw this antique quilt at the Vermont Quilt Show in 2014 or 2015 (sorry for the poor photo) and LOVED it! I wanted to make it some day, but drafting the pattern would be daunting! Plus, I think there are nearly two thousand berries!!!
Amazingly, not long after that, I bought this book, published almost 30 years ago, at my guild’s library book sale:
And look what was in it:
I enlarged the pattern, as recommended, and decided to use it for the center of this quilt. Much less daunting than doing a whole quilt of these blocks!😊 From my blog archives, I’ve determined that I likely started the quilt around 7 1/2 years ago so it’s definitely one of those “long journey” quilts. There’s a song I play on the accordion called “Sweet Journeys” and that’s where the title came from. Making this quilt may be a “long” journey, but it’s been a “sweet” one. 🙂
Now that it’s cooler, I’m trying to get some hand quilting in every day. My goal is to finish SJ in a year for the 2023 Cocheco show. Meanwhile, I’ve been on a sleeve and label making binge getting ready for THIS year’s show, later this month!
I’ve also been working on finishing the top for my Library Donation quilt. Here’s what my design wall looks like at the moment. The circle blocks are done and ready to sew together and the sashing is just pinned up to give a sense of what this might look like completed:
Here are some closeup examples of the circle blocks:
The circles are fused using “Steam A Seam 2” fusible and then I use the blanket stitch on the sewing machine to secure the edges. This quilt is a main focus right now because I have to submit it by the end of the month.
My quilt “Golden Glow” is back from the museum! What an honor to have had it there. At the same time “Hospital Sketches” was up, a wonderful exhibit of quilts by Caro Breyer Fallert Gentry was on display. She’s an amazing quilt artist who has been at the top of her game and innovating for 40+ years!! Here are a few of her pieces:
I forgot to get the label on this one, but here are a couple of closeups:
More of her incredible machine quilting – not my thing, but I admire the masters😊:
Each day a bit more color emerges in the landscape here and I’m trying to savor it while I can! Such gorgeous leaves!:
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi