Thursday, July 16, 2015

Shenandoah Valley Finished

Hot weather is upon us and I spend much of my time hiding by my two Air Conditioning window units and thanking God for granting the technology that keeps the cool in the house!
Miss Emma Lynne celebrated her sixth birthday with bologna treats, cookies, and a brand new rope chew toy.

After finishing the quilting on the Shenandoah Valley quilt by Nancy Gere for Windham, I was able to get the binding on and hand hemmed all around.

By my having added the charm-pack patches border, this basic strippy Jelly Roll center filled out to a nice sized twin, measuring in at 64" by 86" after quilting.
The backing was pieced from a couple of sale priced end cuts that were from 108" wide bolts. I added a panel of some stash yardage into the middle and it all worked out nicely.

The binding was a splurge for matching yardage in a burgundy and cream floral, but Missouri Star Quilt Company had been offering free shipping the day I ordered it, so that helped the budget.

The loop-de-loops in the quilting were fast and easy as I got into the rhythm of the quilting at Ellen Peters' Laconia, New Hampshire studio.

No label yet, but I'll work on that soon, LOL!

On that second Scrappy Jacob's Ladder quilt, I decided to go with a lighter-than-usual choice for the binding. This is a Judie Rothermel reproduction from her 25th Anniversary Album for Marcus Brothers.

I loved the way that it works with the blue notes on the front of the quilt and also plays into the blue flannel plaid of the backing.
The quilting was the free hand Baptist fans and it came out great!

I tried one shot without the flash to see the stitching a little better.

Earlier this year, I had sent out a pay-me-only-for-the-postage package to a fellow Stashbuster. She sent me a running quarter of a nice Civil War selection to thank me. When it arrived, you could've heard my "Whoop Whoop" in Kansas because it is a "Pillar Print" by Mary Koval!!!!

I paired it up with a Paula Barnes Freedom Rings tan paisley and they looked smashing together!

Soon I had a new star for the Barbara Brackman quilt along, Stars In A Time Warp. Link.

I have also ordered another pillar print from Margo at, but it will arrive soon. I think that the four cornerstones are a Jo Morton selection from Andover that I gleaned from one of my fabulous gift boxes of Civil War scraps.

Then, as I was cutting that Rothermel cadet blue for the binding, I decided to whack off a 4½" width of fabric slice for the center of another woodblock star.

Yesterday Brackman continued her sew along and I am digging for olive drab greens and mustard tones.

Tuesday, I again enjoyed a Continental Breakfast at The Alton, New Hampshire, Senior Center where we met for The Sunshine Club.
Sue, below, was very pleased with her first machine appliqued scrappy Dresden Plate block.

Sue and Pauline worked together to get the very best placement on the blocks.

As for me, I worked on my Quilt As You Go donation quilt, adding strip by strip of Country Orchards by Moda.

Happy Quilting!


cityquilter grace said...

yep i love that border fabric! and love your stars too...i gotta get me some pillar prints tho...thank goodness busy thimble is

gayle said...

Busy busy busy!
Love the binding for your Jacob's Ladder - how perfect! And it made a dandy addition to your Time Warp Stars. Which I'm also enjoying looking at, as usual!

Janet O. said...

I think that charm square border takes your jelly roll quilt to a whole new level.
Crazy--I just pulled out a piece of that very blue from my scrap basket to audition for some blocks I am making. I think it is a beautiful piece and will bind your quilt to perfection!
Vic, your blue star has me drooling. Love it! And then you follow it with a purple one--Love it, too. : )

audrey said...

Great stitching on your quilt.:) The binding your chose looks wonderful!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

I love that Shenandoah Valley quilt! I am woefully behind on my stars so it's nice to see yours looking so wonderful!

Cathy said...

What a jam packed post! I've been wanting to try those freehand baptist fans but have been too chicken to do so. Yours look great. You are getting brave!

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