AKA When Things Don't Go As Planned
I never start a long arm quilting job without having a planning session with the maker, client, or client who is also a friend. Sometimes we talk on the phone, and other times in person. But this quilt and another were dropped off ahead of our meeting, and I had time to live with them. In the very beginning, this maker/client/friend thought this quilt should be custom or semi-custom quilted. I was on board with something a little more special. It had grown on me.
Here it laid on the floor, and I walked by it for weeks. It was traditional yet had a modern feel to me. How could we make this quilt shine?
Then we met for a discussion, and the maker/client/friend, Donna, admitted perhaps she wasn't in love with this quilt. We aren't always, are we? Sometimes by the end of a quilt we're just at the point we want to slap on the borders, and be done with it. I got it. She just wanted it quilted. Nothing notably heroic. Edge-to-edge was fine with her. She chose a new design I hadn't worked with before, and I was cautious about it. Sometimes you don't know things about a design until you actually stitch it out. But I was game, and on we went.
Except the design scared me when the first row was stitching. You can see the buckeyes above. Typically we crop the first row off the top to make it more pleasing to the eye as the next rows are added. I started with the second row, and couldn't go on. It was too much for this quilt. I called and pleaded the case for the quilt. Then back I went to fix the border. I ripped the second row, and added cross-hatching. I was hoping this would work. My motto: Every quilt is a new adventure!
I kept the block designs very traditional with more cross-hatching, and quilting that covered the blocks without being heavy.
The inner border reminded me of a stenciled garland during Colonial times.
Vintage tufts for the trees, and swirling stars for the larger stars.
I worked on filling blocks, and prayed I could replicate the bottom border to match the top when it came time.
And with a little planning, there it went! There's just about an equal amount of the row showing on bottom as in the top shown below. Then cross-hatching to fill. A flip of the quilt to quilt the remaining borders, and it all came together.
For those of you that don't know, the buckeye is Ohio's state tree. The Ohio Buckeyes are Ohio State University's football team, and Brutus Buckeye the mascot. This design makes this a very patriotic, traditional Ohio quilt with twist.
Donna's happy. I'm happy. The quilt is happy.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.