New Orleans House Project

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Retreat to Stripes & Plaids

During my unplanned quilting retreat last week, I returned to a project that stalled almost two years ago.  After my father passed away, I decided to make memory quilts using his collection of striped and plaid shirts.  I initially completed 3 of the quilts and then got side-tracked into other projects.  As I re-arranged my sewing studio to make room for my new sewing machine, I came across the basket of shirting fabrics and resolved to get the remainder of the quilts made.
For the first two memory quilts, I used Bonnie Hunter's Star Struck and Blue Ridge Beauty patterns.  After those two quilts, I realized I could work more efficiently by using one size of HST unit and just making different designs.  I finished an additional quilt, a quilt center and lots of loose HST units before getting distracted by other projects.  
I started my re-directed project by adding a frame to the barn-raising style center medallion I had previously pieced.  The gold fabric is an antique map print - my dad was a geography buff.  When I was little, he would keep me occupied for hours by having me find countries, cities and geographic features on the world map pinned to my bedroom wall!  After adding the medallion frame, I worked out a zig-zag border.  The border isn't stitched yet, so I guess that's the next step.  The quilt top will be finished with another fabric frame or two.
Next, I thought I'd try a Carpenter's Wheel center medallion using the shirting HSTs.  In the stash I found a hunk of off-white with a small white design which worked nicely for the background squares.  I set the new medallion on top of the barn-raising medallion and decided it was a good plan.  I'll add a different framing border to the Carpenter's Wheel.  I might even try a different HST border, although I'm quite fond of the zig-zags!  I will make one more Carpenter's Wheel block (maybe with white background fabric?) and that will finish up the memory quilts for my dad's grandchildren.
 


10 comments:

  1. Great job on getting this one moving again! Love the patterns you have selected.

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  2. What a wonderful memory quilt--love those shirtings fabrics...nice finish hugs, Julierose

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  3. What a great post. Love the shirtings,love the patterns and love the story.

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  4. Great project! Love Bonnie's patterns and this one works really well for plaids!

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  5. What a wonderful labor of love!!! Each one is beautiful and a true tribute to your dad :) Love the geography print in there!

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  6. I like both of them. I have my father's ties, and some of his dress shirts. I need to do something with them one of these days.

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  7. Looks great! I like the zig zag

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  8. Beautiful! Stripes and plaids are favorites of mine.

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