I can now mark a quilt off of my quilting bucket list! I have never quilted a Dear Jane quilt before and I still haven’t but I can say that I have quilted a Sylvia’s Sampler quilt!
This quilt is huge! It has 140 blocks, all completely different! Here is what Linda had to say about it:
My mother and I started this project more than seven years ago. I had just caught the quilting bug but she was already skilled in the art. I was enthused about creating an heirloom quilt with my mother and picked the pattern Sylvia’s Sampler from Jennifer Chiaverini’s book, The Master Quilter. Mom had been reading the series but this was the only book I had read at that time. Our project was put on the shelf for several years after my father became ill with cancer. He, unfortunately passed in 2008, and neither one of us had much desire to continue working on it. But in time, my mom started joking that she probably would never see the quilt complete. Sounds like a challenge, right? So this past year, I buckled down and finished my assigned blocks. Truth be told, I passed some of the more difficult blocks to her. There are 140 in this pattern and I designed our border. She is currently machine sewing the binding on and I will have the joy of finishing the hand work. When Mom saw your beautiful quilting, she said, “Now, you’ll have to bury me in it.” I think NOT!
The most touching thing was that she asked me to quilt my @ signature in the signature block of the quilt….such an honor.
Here are a few close up of a few of the blocks:
I uploaded a bunch more photos of the quilt blocks on my Flickr page….there were way too many to put on here! I am glad to get to have played a part in this beautiful quilt….however, I know without a doubt that I don’t have the patience to actually piece a Dear Jane quilt of my own! So I will have to keep these pictures to drool over!
This time tomorrow, I will be getting ready to teach one of my classes at the Machine Quilter’s Showcase, (MQS). That means that I will be slacking on the blog a little bit, but I will be chatting it up on twitter and facebook so be sure to check in there from time to time! Wish me luck!!