Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Quilting in the Garage, Part 2

Now that you have met my friends, the Garage Girls, it is time to continue with my story.

Back in September 2014, Karin brought, to a garage day, some antique quilts to show us that were gifted to her by a friend as a thank you for repairing a quilt that is special to her.  We ooohed and ahhhed over each treasure.  Then Karin showed us the one quilt that needed repairing.  Oh yes, there was a lot of work involved to repair that quilt.  If I remember correctly, Karin repaired about 25 blocks.

This is the quilt:
 A close up of one block:
Well, we all looked at each other and said "why not we each make a version of this quilt for the quilt show?".  We have two years to accomplish this.  So, we made a pact and we all started working on our own version and would bring in our projects to show each other at garage days.  We also had to keep this project under wraps and not show or tell anyone (except the LAer's) about our quilts.

Jeanne was doing her tulips on her machine at home, but she tempted us with the fabrics that she was using.
Karin loves lime green and none of us were surprised to see that colour in her blocks.
Claudia (on the right) was the first one to finish her quilt  and get it back from the LAer, who happens to be her friend Lynn from Timmins (this was taken November, 2015)!  Claudia is such a go-getter.  Well, seeing her quilt spurned the rest of us to get cracking and get our tops and quilts done.  Time was ticking away to the quilt show in September 2016 (only 10 months left).
Finally, I got my top done in February 2016.  It took a bit of time to get everything marked up for hand quilting.  Now Miss Ashes, this is no time for laying down on the job.   We need to get to work to get this top sandwiched!  The quilt was finally sandwiched in March 2016 (with/without the help of Miss Ashes).
 The hand quilting got started.
I'm seeing progress.  A goal was set each day to try to get at least one block done and bit of the sashing.  Once my daily goal was met, I would then decide to do a bit more hand quilting just in case I had some down days and then my goal would slide.  Some days more was done and other days, nope, my hands were tired and I just had to be happy with what got done.  For the border, a goal was decided upon and that helped to get all those little tulips and lines done in a timely manner.
Finally, three months later in May 2016, my quilt is done!  Three months ahead of schedule for the quilt show!  You have no idea how happy I was to have achieved this.  Mind you, I procrastinated on getting the sleeve attached and that saw me making a mad dash to get it done a week before the quilt show.  Oh well ....  This is the first time that I actually tracked the time it took to get a quilt hand quilted.  Surprisingly, it didn't take as long as I thought it would.  Still, what a sigh of relief to get this quilt finished.  Every Garage Girl was counting on each other to get their quilt done to be hung together at the quilt show.  Nothing like peer pressure to get'er done.
 Jeanne got her quilt back in June 2016 from the LAer:
 The LAer did a wonderful job:
 Karin got her quilt back from the LAer in July 2016:
In August 2016, Karin invited us all to her home for tea and for a surprise visitor and we were to bring our tulip quilts with us.  What was Karin up to?   The owner of the antique quilt was in town for a visit and she got to see our quilts.  She was so pleased to see them and that we all made a different version of her quilt and that we simply stuck to our pact and made a quilt.  Simply put, she was gob smacked.

Finally, the quilt show arrived in September 2016 and all our quilts were hung together at the show.  Well, we were quite proud to see them all up showing off all the hard work we did.

The first one is Darlene's.  I never did get a close-up of the LAer quilting.  It is simply breathtaking.
 and mine:
Shhhh .... don't tell the other ladies, but my quilt won a Viewer's Choice ribbon for hand quilting .... shhhhh .....

Thank you Mallory Slingerland for allowing me to use your quilt show photos!

It was hard to keep these quilts a secret and it was hard for me not to show any photos of my quilt on my blog for the last 2 years.  Now you know why.

Speaking of hand quilting, my class at last month's day guild has happened and there were about 15 ladies willing to try their hand at hand quilting.  So, we will see if they have patience to continue.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they do.  I just love to pass on my knowledge and secrets to others.

I'm so very fortunate to have been asked to join the Garage Girls.  We have so much fun.  A lot of laughter can be heard coming from the garage when we meet.  It is November and with the colder months ahead, we will be meeting often to have a day of sewing in the garage.  Sigh, I can hardly wait for the next day.  Friendship is very special.

I'm linking to Needle and Thread Network along with other Canadian bloggers this week.

Have a great day!


Ariane said...

These quilts are all beautiful! Congratulations on winning a ribbon for your hand quilting!

Jennifer said...

What stunning quilts - all so different and all so wonderful! I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite, that's for sure.

Julie Fukuda said...

What a great story and such stunning results! Also, what a special group to follow through so completely on the vision!

ES said...

Stunning tulip quilts:)

eloidastitches said...

What a wonderful story. Love how all the quilts turned out so different from each other, with all the colour choices. And each quilt has a little something added to make it "the maker's own". I would have loved to be a fly on the wall watching and listening. I am sure you all had so much fun!! congratulations to all of you!! Will there be another secret project??? ;) shhhh...(Congrats on your hand quilting viewers choice award.)

Deb said...

well worth waiting for to see these beautiful quilts, yours is still my fav love the boarders that you used! thanks for sharing your wonderful story and just so you know there can be no more secrets!