Tuesday, March 19, 2013

You Asked For It!

Yesterday, scheduling my chauffeur duties for Matthew made it work out that I would be in Concord from 1pm to 5pm. It seemed a shame to waste all that time, so I gathered up all my already-assembled blocks for Easy Street and headed to The Golden Gese quilt shop.

I packed "Scottie", my trusty 1951 Scotland-made Singer Featherweight and had the whole downstairs workroom to my self. It was just what I needed to layout Easy Street!
Several of my dear friends that follow this blog have awaited the big reveal of what my Civil War reproduction version would look like as you have all seen the blocks piece by piece. Here it is!
It sure is busy! The above photo is just laid out and not sewn yet. I worked steadily all afternoon assembling blocks into rows with their respective pieced setting triangles.
I was able to get all seven diagonal rows made up. I skipped lunch but Charlene, who works at the Golden Gese quilt shop, was nice enough to make a small pot of the most delightful Columbian coffee for me. She and I were joined by Kate, another friend and patron, and we all had a nice perk-up cup!
I sewed and laughed as my shoulders moaned and groaned! I had so hoped to get the top completed.
Quite a few of the regulars popped their heads in to see what was going on and they were quite impressed by Bonnie K. Hunter's design. I hope they will come to her lecture in Manchester, New Hampshire on April 18th as I put up a handbill for it.
Alas! I was not quite able to finish the last two very long seams of either side of the center panel. But it was time to pack everything up and go fetch Matthew from school and get us both home.
A big shout out "THANK YOU" to Kate, who so carefully folded up those two precious pieced pieces of quilt top for me while I picked up all the yellow-headed quilting pins that I had managed to spill onto the carpeting.

Another big shout out "THANK YOU" to the Golden Gese quilt shop and their staff member, Charlene, for their fine hospitality!

And the biggest shout out of all, "THANK YOU, BONNIE!!!!" for this amazing and complex pattern called Easy Street!

This is what it looked like this morning:
Hang in there, all you pretty croci buds under the snow! And let's all sign a petition to fire that groundhog! LOL!


Needled Mom said...

It looks awesome. You are so close to having it finished!!

Remember...tomorrow is the first day of spring!

Janet O. said...

I absolutely love it, Vic! These fabrics give it a completely different look from the original, but it is a wonderful look! Aren't you proud?
Bonnie will be there in April? Wow, wish I could visit DD #1 then! : )

Helen in the UK said...

What a great use of a 'spare' afternoon. How lovely of the shop to let you use their workroom - bet their large table was a complete Godsend! The quilt top is looking great - the dark red creates good, strong lines :)

cityquilter grace said...

gorgeous vic, and such a nice space to work in....and put my name on that groundhog list--at the very top....LOL

Beth in MN said...

Wow Vic!! It is absolutely gorgeous! It is so fun to see ES made up in the Civil War fabrics. Great place to sew and lay your quilt out.

Elaine Adair said...

Oh yes Vic - busy but beautiful!!! Good for you to use your time wisely, at a quilt shop of all things! LOL How lucky to have that great spot to work!

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