I received this beautiful QOV in the mail last Saturday and started quilting it Tuesday. I finished it today! There were some tension problems on the back. I ripped out a few blocks and did them over. Still problems. Ripped out a few sections of each block and did over. A little better, but not show quality, that's for sure. Fortunately this quilt is not going in a show. Even so, I wanted the soldier who was going to get it to like it. At least the front is wonderful. Here are some close-ups:
This is the border treatment. The swag with stars is one pattern (sorry about the errant thread in there), and I added the straight lines to it to fill in the empty space between the top of the swag and the inner border, which is an egg and dart pattern.
Each star block was quilted with this pattern, which is also seen in the intervening setting blocks. In order to fill the setting triangles, I wanted to keep the basic pattern, so I cut and clipped and rejoined parts of the original block pattern to make this nifty triangle, below.
When my guild friend, Myrt, came today to pick up her first charity quilt (see the previous blog), she took a look at my Lucinda Brodie blocks and insisted that I put her other outreach quilts on the back burner until my new quilt was finished. This comes as welcome news to me, because if I can finish it by March 1, I hope to enter it in my guild's annual quilt show all month long in March at the South Hill Library.
So, off I go to my studio. First to set the circles into the background and then to do all the flying geese. BFF Mary has finished all these steps already! She is so far ahead of me. But then, she always is. Check out her blog to see this gorgeous quilt!