In my war on truly catching up in the sewing room I’ve been tackling the pile of flimsy quilt tops. On the pile was a quilt of Kelli’s, Cheddar Bow Ties. This quilt has been a top for a long time. Now it’s finished.
This started as Bonnie Hunter’s 2011 Leader and Ender Challenge. More info on that HERE.
Kelli didn’t follow the suggestion and use one solid cheddar fabric. She used many cheddar printed fabrics. The quilt is comprised of Civil War prints.
I think the color selection makes the quilt look like it’s dancing.
I don’t ever think of a bow tie block as anything special at all but just look…The quilt is really fabulous.
Kelli is a real natural when if comes to color selection.
The backing is this….
Re-read that label. Georgia Bonesteel. For those of you who are newer to quilting. Georgia Bonesteel is a LONG TIME quilter. She was very big in the 70s and 80s. She quilted before rotary cutters. For me, that’s hardcore.
I took that picture and posted it on Instagram a week or two ago and someone said, “My husband and I were truck drivers for Lowenstein, the parent company of Wamsutta. We left there in 1988 to work for another company, but the Wamsutta brand had been discontinued for 3 or 4 years before that. You have a serious oldie! Save that piece of selvage!”
I bought the fabric at a garage sale in Cresco Iowa a couple years ago and had intended it for Kelli’s quilt. It aged a few more years and not finally got put to use. If this quilt ever gets “dated” sometime in the future, it’s going to really confuse the person dating it.
Kelli made GIANT quilt. Even though there was a big chunk of fabric, if wasn’t quite big enough so I had to add in something. These are a few orphan blocks leftover from my Nine in the Middle quilt. (It’s one of my favorites…see that here)
I love the baptist fans design for any Civil War quilt. I used it on this quilt.
I’m so happy with the finish of this quilt. Kelli did a great job.
I’m so very happy to have this one off the flimsy pile….
One more note:
This is my Cheddar Bow Ties. (read more about it here)
Bonnie went on to publish a pattern with the challenge blocks. It is in Bonnie Hunter’s book More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.
Mine used the same printed Civil War cheddar fabric.
Kelli and I both had so much fun with the Bow Tie Challenge.