All are traditional blocks for which I drafted and cut plastic templates. Then I pieced each by hand. In 1989. After that it seemed logical to hand quilt. Elaborate feathers were planned but I took this on a data shoot to work on in the evenings. Since the light was bad I just stippled everywhere. Now that seems like a lost opportunity. And I also lost interest.
I put it away but dragged it from home to home. Two years ago I got it out to work on on the evenings during the news hour. Even that wasn't consistent work. With our quilt show approaching, I decided to hand quilt the inner area and small blocks then switch to machine quilting on the sashing and outer floral. Good choices. Nothing shows on the black sashing. Originally I planned spirals but changed to quarter-inch straight lines. The floral is randomly free-motion quilted. Now that it's been washed, I can't distinguish it from the hand stippling.
|Thirty Year Sampler quilt|
Each of these is a traditional design based on various grids. For example, Dervish Star is a four-patch while Fish is based on eight-pointed star.
|Dervish Star and Fish blocks|
|Fifty-four Forty or Fight and Wheel of Fortune blocks|
I used the blue and pink fabrics in the four blocks to finish the inner diamond.
|Devil's Claws, Goose in the Pond, my variation on Michigan Star, and David and Goliath blocks|
The purple and green fabrics made the eight blocks around it.
|St. Louis Star and World's Fair blocks|
|Little Giant and King David's Crown blocks|
The center medallion is a design from an 1858 Godeys Ladies Book.
|1858 Godeys Ladies Book medallion|
Binding. Can you believe I also saved a bit of the green and black fabrics this long?
|Binding and backing of Thirty Year Sampler|
Size: 84" x 84"
Batting: Mountain Mist 100%cotton
Thread: Metler quilting threads, Aurifil 50/2 cotton, DMC embroidery cotton
Quilting: Hand quilting and Machine, walking foot and free motion
Enjoy the day, Ann