Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor of Love

quilting detail on  the back and front of Brenda's quilt
September 2016
Last summer, Marilyn and I made a deal with Brenda that if she drove to the Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, MO, we would make her a quilt.
Marilyn and Brenda selecting fabric at the Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Hamilton, MO
August 2015
Brenda selected the Jacob's Ladder pattern and purchased most of the Kansas Troubles (KT) fabric in Hamilton, MO.

I shared a box of four-patches that I'd made with some KT scraps, and I think Marilyn used them in the quilt. Honesty, Marilyn did all the work on the gigantic quilt. She had the top and backing ready for the longarm quilter in May when I was in Denver for a Sisters' Sewing Retreat, so I took them to Niki H., a quilter in Lander, WY.

Niki called last week and said the quilt was finished, and I picked it up to add the binding.

Brenda's quilt ready for the binding to be added
September 2016
The quilt is massive (112 x 112 inches), and my sewing room is tiny so I worked at the kitchen table and set up a 6 foot table to help deal with the quilt's bulk and weight. Then the quilt was sent via UPS to Marilyn: she added a label and hand-tacked the binding.

Marilyn snapped a photo of the finished quilt.
September 2016
Thanks for driving last summer, Brenda. We had a lot of fun on the trip.

Marilyn, thanks for doing the lion's share of the work on this project - it's beautiful.


15 comments:

  1. Anywhere else you would like to be driven? I am available hahaha. That is just beautiful.

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  2. It's gorgeous! Bet you will get more offers to be the chauffeur if this is the result.

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  3. Brenda will be richly rewarded. Wow. That quilt is so lovely. THat's one very large project.

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  4. That is beautiful!!!... and YES... I would love to be your driver next summer:))))

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  5. Beautiful and huge! She couldn't have matched the colors in the contrast fabric for the back any closer if she has designed it herself!

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  6. Nice work! That was a huge amount of binding! (I am so good at procrastinating on that part.) Lucky Brenda; she will love it!

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  7. The quilt is beautiful and just happens to be in a colour scheme that I love. I am sure it will be much cherished.

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  8. Gorgeous quilt. You are so talented. I know it will be cherished.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  9. Oh my golly! That is SO beautiful! That is truly a work of art!

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  10. What a beauty! And by the way, I have a perfect driving record.

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  11. That quilt is so pretty and will be very special to your friend! Nancy

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  12. What a deal for Brenda, the quilt turned out so beautiful. I totally loved the Missouri Star Quilt Company and hope to go back.

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  13. What a treasure! I love the pattern as well as the fabrics. Ya'll make a wonderful team - your joint venture created a lovely quilt!

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