Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Two-Year Project

Two years ago, to the day, I took this photograph of my first Sister's Choice blocks. These were made using Bonnie K. Hunter's free pattern from here.
Thank you, Bonnie, for your wonderful pattern instructions on traditional designs!

I told my sister, Suzanne,

that I was making her a quilt called Sister's Choice and that she would have no choice in the matter! LOL! She pleaded with me to make two smaller ones for twin beds rather than one queen-sized. I told her that I would do that, but that it would take two years to make them.
Now I'm pleased to report that I have finished the binding on Sister's Choice Part II.

It doesn't have a label yet but I'll work on that tomorrow.
What I learned is that a 5 X 6 block-set of 30 blocks just wasn't big enough.
I kept working and made more blocks to do a 6 X 8 block set and with the borders, it came out to about 74" by 92". That made them into generous twins that looked nicely proportioned.
Above is Sister's Choice Part II finished. I had wanted to photograph it in the winter sunlight out on the clothesline. Alas, it is still snowbound with over a foot of treacherous ice-coated snow that I felt was sure to twist my bad ankles if I tried to carry a big heavy quilt over there. So this is on the driveway. I flipped it over to show the pieced flannel backing.
I hadn't really planned nor intended that the back would evoke such strong Christian imagery, but it happened and I like it. I was just trying to piece symmetrically. The golden brown color is actually a pea soup green in a printed sort of paisley design and the grass green was an almost-new Goodwill queen sized flat flannel sheet for $2.00.
Here is a photo I took of it on my bed but the western window flooded sunlight in pools that washed out the foreground.
Linda Monasky of The Bear Paw Gallery did the quilting on her longarm and it looks wonderful! She made free swirls in the center over the blocks and an ivy vine with loops on the borders. Visit her website here.
Most of the fabrics in the 9-patch blocks are from a Civil War swap, so there is great variety.
I'm very pleased to have brought this very long-term project to completion. WHEEEEEEEE, I get to start something new!!!!!


Janet O. said...

I love that you made your sister a Sister's Choice quilt, and she had no choice in the matter! : )
That pattern is on my short list.Both of yours look great! I can't decide if I am going to use CW repros or shirts when I get around to making mine.

Denise said...

Love the colors in your quilt, might have to add this to my wish list!


I like this quilt and I can tell you are happy to have it done. I am sure your sister will love it. Good job.

Mary said...

Love your quilts! I have started one as well. It will be a while before it is done. Easy Street has to get done first! Have a great day.

Helen in the UK said...

Woo hoo!! Great finish and a brilliant excuse to start something new :)

cityquilter grace said...

great job vic, gorgeous quilts...doncha just love scrappy? i sure do

creativedawn said...

Well, they are gorgeous! I am wishing that you were my sister, right about now for


Karen said...

This is an awesome quilt.

Angie said...

These are GORGEOUS---I want one too, another ADD to that LONG list of 'do it NOW' :D

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