Made in 1999 - I LOVE this quilt! The pattern was one of those free patterns Quiltmaker used to send out with their advertising mailer for their magazine. It was called “Picket Fence” but let’s face it… Where I live you almost NEVER see a picket fence. The stars looked like the barbs on barbed wire, which is the kind of fence you often see here so I re-named it. It was a fun and easy quilt to make.
I collected check and plaid fabrics for a long time before I had enough. Some of these were fabrics I inherited from my grandmother’s stash when she passed away, and I think that is one reason I love this quilt so. I started out making it for me, but when I finished it I realized it really did look like a guy’s quilt, so I gave it to DH.
I just did SID for the quilting on the body of the quilt, but again used patterns from A Treasury of Quilt Designs for the borders. And of COURSE I was still using the high-loft poly batting! And I chose a mustard yellow lining fabric… because it goes well with the binding and because it allowed the hand-quilting to really show. After all that effort at improving my stitching I really wanted people to see it.
I label ALL of my quilts. (Actually, when I was photographing quilts for this month I discovered 2 that don’t have labels. And of course, I can’t remember exactly when they were done now.) I learned this from Mrs. E. She labeled hers and we are so thankful she did. A lot of the history of the quilts she left behind would have been lost had she not done this. I include the pattern name, made by….., place, year, and I ALWAYS add the measurements of the quilt on the label. If it should be put in a quilt show I don’t have to drag the tape out and measure it again, and that saves a lot of time for me. This quilt is currently being used as the extra cover in my guest bedroom. It goes very well in the farm house.
TOMORROW’S TEASER: Did you jump on the “Millennium Quilt” bandwagon? I did, and the HUGE quilt that resulted from it is what you will see tomorrow!
Be blessed! See you tomorrow!