So here it…Jamestown Landing. I’m adding it to the long list of AMAZING quilts that you can see over at Amy’s Creative Side for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.
I LOVE it. Months ago when Bonnie Hunter said one of her quilts would be in the Australian Homespun magazine I was really sad thinking I wouldn’t be able to find the magazine…Then I thought oh well. Then Bonnie showed a picture of the quilt on her blog and I thought..I am going to find the magazine and the mad hunt was on. I finally found it at Erica’s (Here’s the link, the magazine is still available). Even though I had many other projects going on, I cut the fabric out and started working on it anyway. I am so glad I did. This quilt will also be featured in Bonnie Hunter’s new book due out Summer 2012.
The top has been done for a little while. I fully intended to complete it…then I got a box of fabric in the mail that was “deadline” sewing. The whole time while I have been sewing the deadline quilt projects, the Jamestown Landing quilt top has been sitting there tempting me and hurrying me along. As soon as the first round of deadline sewing was finished, I was hurrying to finish up Jamestown Landing.
I had all sorts of problems with my quilting machine….breaking thread galore. I was so angry…Hubby (who is in the combine harvesting corn) called and asked how things were going…I hate to tell him anything bad because he’s working and can’t do a thing about it so I said oh, the thread is breaking a little (in actuality it was about the worst ever). He said we really need to get you a different quilting machine. I said…no, I am so thankful that I have this even if it doesn’t work all the time. Then I hung up the phone and felt miserable for lying and miserable that the dumb thing wasn’t working right.
I had tried everything with the machine. Then I put in a new bobbin and the thing worked!! I went a whole bobbin and not a single thread broke. I couldn’t figure out what was different. Just then hubby came home. I told him that in the last bobbin, I had no thread breakage….He said mark that bobbin. He went to take a shower and I went to do another bobbin’s worth of quilting….it worked again. Today I went back and finished the quilt…it worked like a dream. Hubby’s theory is that some bobbins are bad. I have all the good ones marked. I will test the theory next time I quilt another quilt. I swear, every time I think I have something figured out with my quilting machine, I get a new problem.
Back to the quilt….I love it. I am keeping it and no one is getting it until I die. I give lots of quilts away for benefits, but this one I am keeping. I have always wanted a two color quilt and now I have one! It’s funny that most of the quilts I keep for myself are designed by Bonnie…like last year’s mystery quilt. I know I’ll be keeping my Perkiomen Daydreams quilt too.
The quilt is 84″ x 97″. When our daughter, Kelli, saw my finished quilt top, she said she wanted to make one so I passed the magazine on to her. She’s thinking about a red version and wants to make her’s 97″ x 97″.
I love the back and the headache of piecing it all together was so worth it. I like have all the mis-match pieces out of my quilt back cupboard.
By the way, no dog was harmed in the photographing of this quilt…in fact, she got treats! Silly dog.