YAHOO!! We have a new published quilt to share with you. You will need the June 2023 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting if you are interested in making the quilt…or just having a copy of the magazine. My aunt just collects all of the magazines I have quilts in. I think that’s so sweet…she thinks I’m famous. HA!! I love small town life.
This is the picture from the magazine. American Patchwork and Quilting always shares a few photos with me. Here is our quilt…
I always think they do a great job with pictures and layouts…
I especially like how they are stylizing quilts in more modern looking houses. It makes it seem like the quilts can fit into any style of living.
But…as much as like them, I still like the pictures of the quilts hanging from the porch on my house.
Here is the back story on the quilt…
American Patchwork and Quilting contacted me and asked me to design something for their 30th anniversary. I was going to pass and then Kalissa said- Mom, really? They asked you. You need to do this!
I half forgot about it and then all of a sudden I remembered the deadline was a day or two away. Crap.
The night before I had been looking through an old quilt magazine from the 80s. It was a miniature magazine meaning all the quilts featured were more table toppers or wall hangings. In the magazine was a orange peel pattern. I gee…that’s a quilt I haven’t made before. It can’t be too hard, after all, I’ve made three double wedding ring quilts. Why not make one sometime?
With that in mind from the night before…and then me being reminded about the deadline, I meshed the two together and thought I’d make an orange peel quilt. Hmm. That’s not really a “designed” quilt. What could I do to make it my own? That’s when I thought about string piecing part of it…and this is what I came up with.
These were my test blocks. This is what I sent in as my submission. I didn’t know if they would take it as I couldn’t really submit a design. I didn’t know how to graph it and Eli my grandson had toppled my desk top over and I lost EQ in the process.
I ended up hearing back from them. They were excited for the design. At the time I said I wanted to make it queen sized. They said they were more interested in a lap sized. I said sure.
A lot of pinning went into this quilt. Here was Gannon helping me one day.
Kalissa was in town with me one day. I had taken the paper templates to town to have some plexiglass templates cut. She was amazed with the process and asked me if she found someone to make them, did she mind if she sold templates for the quilt. I said no. I handed off a copy of my paper template and she worked her magic. These are the templates she came up with…
You can buy a template set from her Etsy shop. HERE is the link. I believe they are $18 a set…totally worth it.
By the time I got the top together, I was ready to be done with the project. I decided to send the quilt to my friend Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations.
Carla did AMAZING work on this…AMAZING. See all those lines in the red section? All of those are quilting lines. The quilt looks GREAT!!
I was a HAPPY CAMPER the day this one was photographed and sent in the mail…
If you all are interested, I’d be happy to film a video and do a little “how to” make the quilt. I won’t make the quilt again but I can show you how to string piece the sections and attach them to the red centers. I don’t mind doing that if you’re interested.
So WHEW…I am getting closer to completely checking this quilt off my list. The easy and fun part of making the video, if you want one, is all I have left to do. Then it will be a wrap!