Have you heard that song by Train?
What is it about songs with silly lyrics and a catchy beat? Drive By just makes me happy every time I hear it.
It's Wednesday and I've gotten to do everything but sew this week yet I still have high hopes for later today. I still have something to share though - something I ran across while running errands and two pictures I found while clearing out and organizing some old computer files.
Since I don't have any new quilts to show you, I thought I would share two quilts I made that hung in the 2001 Arizona Quilt Guild Show. A very, very long time ago.
This is Circling The Ohios. It is/was a pattern by Pam and Janet of Buggy Barn Quilts. I couldn't find it on their website so I don't know if it is still in print or not. The fabric was Millennium Garden by Brannock & Patek and a shirting-like background print. My quilt finished at about 88" x 88" and it now resides in Houston at my brother's house.
This is a quilt I called Laurene's Legacy Star because it was made using fabrics from the 1850s Legacies collection by Laurene Sinema. The pattern was in the now-gone-away magazine, Traditional Quiltworks. I remember it well because the "instructions" were drafted from an antique quilt - circa 1860 to 1870 - without anybody ever making it. Let it suffice to say there were a few small mis-calculations that resulted in not having enough fabric.
I made this quilt when I was still teaching classes at Laurene's shop, The Quilted Apple. This was Laurene's first fabric collection and I wanted to use it because, well... it was Laurene's fabric! I had seen this quilt in the magazine a few months before the fabric arrived and when those bolts finally arrived in the shop, this design came to mind. The prints were all inspired by the prints in the 19th Century red and green quilts that Laurene loved and collected. They were mostly small-scale prints in shades of green and red with "cheddar", yellow, blue and black. (Though you can't tell that from the picture... sorry about that.)
A few days after I took the quilt top - some things never change - down to the shop so it would be there for the class sample, I got a phone call from Laurene asking if I could come by for a visit. After chatting about patterns and how to get into the quilt pattern business, Laurene asked me about this quilt. It was simple - she wanted to buy it. As soon as the quilt had arrived at to the shop, she'd gotten a call from one of the ladies there telling her that she needed to come see it. Laurene told me that as soon as she saw it, she was determined to have it. Not one like it - she wanted this one. I asked her if I could think about it because, well... I was kind of happy with how the quilt had come out. Just a few minutes away from Laurene's, I decided that I wasn't going to sell it to her. I couldn't.
Instead I gave it to her. It was a way of thanking Laurene for having the notion that I could teach a quilt class.
My last thing to share is this - I had to take a picture of this notebook at the local FedEx Office.