Monday Memory – Take One

I am going to try to feature a quilt from my “past” every Monday.  So many are worth seeing again.  This one is Rambling Rose meets Jamestown and was a Block of the Month featured by Sew n Sew, one of our local quilt shops.  The pattern is by Marti Michell.   It was beautifully pieced by Joanne P.  I quilted feathers in the light areas of the log cabin blocks, used a stencil in the sampler blocks to give them unity.   In the dark parts of the log cabin I freehanded a motif from the stencil and added swirls.
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Shoebox Sampler Quilt

I love sampler quilts – they always present a challenge to add quilting that pulls all of the separate elements of the quilt together into a cohesive statement.  This sampler by June is called a Shoebox Quilt.  What is that?  Well, it’s sort of like a round robin.  There are usually 12 participants.  Each quilter picks a block pattern that they are going to piece.  Each quilter selects a variety of fabrics and places them in a shoebox.  Then the shoebox travels around the group – each month you get a new shoebox.  Using the fabric inside you make a quilt block from the block pattern you previously selected.  You put the quilt block and the remainder of the fabric back inside the shoebox and pass it on.   At the end of 12 months each quilter gets their own shoebox back with 12 beautiful quilt blocks inside.  Each quilter then selects a setting for their blocks and stitches up a beautiful quilt.  And then some lucky longarm quilter gets to put the finishing touches with quilting.  I always love to get a top from June because it is always straight and square and I can quilt away without having to deal with technical issues.

Lots of pics of this quilt – June gave me a nice light colored back to showcase the quilting stitches on both sides.  This one took a week altho I did not quilt on it every day of that week.  Four thread color changes, ruler work, and freehand quilting.  Sew Fine thread on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin – both by Superior Threads.  Love that combo of thread – it always works perfectly for me.

Enjoy the quilt show!  And don’t forget – all pictures are clickable to get to an expanded view.