Annie’s Point of Pride

Back in May I wrote a blog post about magazines a blog reader had sent me. Specifically, I talked about this magazine…

…and specifically the cover quilt.

Here is what I wrote:
Seeing this made me smile. I have a copy of this magazine saved. It’s from 2010. At the time I LOVED the cover quilt and wanted to make it. It was paper pieced and the blocks had curved edges. I was so intimidated. I never even tried a block even though I loved it. I did save the magazine thinking someday I might make it.

Imagine my surprise when a few weeks later Annie sent me a letter. In it she said:
It’s not hard at all, but it doesn’t require a lot of concentration when piecing the star points. Being paper-pieced, everything is backward, and the ranges can make it a bit unusual. Do it slowly, not only holding up the pieces to the light to place them properly but looking at both ends of the piece as you are about to sew them together be sure you’ve got them going the right way. Let’s just say that I have had to use my trusty seam ripper more than once, and with the shortened stitch length, it can cause frustration. One thing I would suggest to make it easer is using freezer paper to copy the design. The freezer paper lets you press and the pieces in place as you sew them. It also tears away more easily than plain paper.

The pattern calls for an excessive amount of fabric on the individual point pieces. You can get by using some pieces slightly narrower, but if you can, use the called-for sizes because it makes you less likely to discover (always after the fact) that the piece you thought was wisde enough didn’t q-u-i-t-e- cover the widest part of the point. I’m saving the trimmed pieces for another project
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Then just last week I got another update from Annie with a picture. She wrote:
” Thought you might like see the quilt I made for Ray’s Veteran’s Day dinner. You had this pattern on your blog last month.  This was from the cover photo from an American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, the pattern now available for purchase; it’s entitled Point of Pride.  If you decide to make it, I’d suggest soaking the fabrics in starch and letting them dry beforehand. Lots of bias edges in the outer blue pieces.  Mine left out one outside row of Ray’s rays in the pattern. This finishes at 72” square.  Wanted to get this to Ray before the rush at the end.  Goats send their best.  Annie

WOWZA. That’s what I have to say!! Isn’t this stunning? Thanks Annie for sharing this with us all…and what a speed demon you are finishing this so quickly. What a beauty. I can’t wait to see Ray’s longarming work on this one. So fun to see the quilt and so fun to know the inspiration behind Annie making it. Some vet is going to be very lucky to get this quilt!!

For anyone interested, you can find the quilt pattern HERE.

I am so tempted to go grab some fabric and give a block a try…but alas, I have a few other projects that need to be finished first. WOW!

11 thoughts on “Annie’s Point of Pride”

  1. Wow, indeed. I’m thinking of doing a MUCH simpler star pattern, and that will be pushing my capabilities. This is amazing.

  2. This is amazing for 2 reasons: how beautiful it is and the speed at which it was made. It would take me years to make a quilt like this!

  3. Just gorgeous! And, if you have a hankering to make a block, why not? You’ll satisfy the itch and learn so much about taking it further (yes/no, how to). One good thing, looks like each block is 12”, which makes it easier than a smaller block. Go for it, it’s just one block!

  4. There is a GREAT tip. I hope that I can explain it. Say your paper is blue on one side and yellow on the other. Sewing from the yellow side. After sewing the first seam finger press the piece as usual. Adding the next piece 1 – looking at the yellow side fold the paper back onto itself, blue against blue. 2 – place the third piece right side down of course beyond that 1/4″ seam allowance. If you can see the placed fabric covering that odd paper shape that was folded back, the piece will be big enough to sew. 3 – unfold the paper properly. 4 – Sew the third piece as usual.

  5. An amazing quilt! It is fun to see the beauty others create. I am not a big fan of paper piecing, so I will others create these stunning beauties.

  6. OMG!!! The picture does not do the quilt justice. I received it in Monday’s mail from Annie. It is absolutley stunning and Annie is a master at piecing quilts. Th e quilt is so beautiful and I am so overwhelmed that I have no idea as to what motif to use to longarm it. I keep looking at it and I am sure an inspiration will come to me eventually. Thanks Annie!!

  7. So I don’t understand – did Annie make the quilt shown in the magazine? Did she just contact you about the construction because you mentioned it to her? Did you know it was Annie’s birthday last Friday? And she still has goats?

  8. I also have that pattern, it is stunning. I also haven’t tried it. Paper piecing makes my brain hurt.
    I love you blog and faithfully pray your cancer treatments work. I love that you have a “gentleman friend” too. I enjoy hearing about your family and sweet dogs too.

  9. Martha W in WY

    Annie’s quilt is stunning! I admire it from afar because I will never do paper piecing. I saw Ray’s comment…boy Annie’s is fast!

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