Lori of "Humble Quilts" suggested that I join in on the Jubilee project several bloggers are participating in even though I am long past my 50th birthday. I told her that I had already made my "ME" quilt quite some time ago. She asked me to share it with pictures on my blog. I actually have shown it on my blog before but in a single picture that would not enlarge. I waited for our friends to be here so they could hold the quilt up for a full picture as it is a large quilt. Even with them holding the quilt, the bottom is not a straight on view.
The first two pictures were taken outside on the lanai which is all screened. The sun cast a shadow of one of the screen enclosure bars across the quilt. We then tried taking pictures inside. So four pictures trying to show the whole quilt.
The quilt was made in 1999 and represents things that I like and people that mean a lot to me. It is not the only scenic quilt that I made with buildings on them. They also represent other people in my life too. I was inspired by a quilt shown in the book "Round Robin Quilts". The quilt that inspired me was made by Gayle Noyes and is titled "All My Quilting Friends Are Stars". Her quilt had a scenic border with sky, mountains, forest, and on the bottom, water and a sailboat. The quilt center features a feathered star design. I had seen a quilt in Quilters Newsletter magazine that was a Lone Star quilt using the bird fabric for the background. I am not sure if my bird fabric is the very same but it sure looked like it.
I decided to create buildings on my borders. I started with the covered bridge. I have had an interest in covered bridges ever since I was young and went for rides in the country with my family. I loved seeing the bridges, walking across them or driving in the car. There are so many different types of construction used in making them. They represent a slower pace of life.
I have always liked the looks of log cabins and would like to live in one. That is why I named my blog "Log Cabin Quilter". So I created a log cabin on my quilt. I had the perfect fabric for the log section of the house and for the rock chimney.
I like apples and visiting an apple orchard in the fall for some real apple cider. Something we can't do in Florida. I used fabric with apples and leaves printed on it to create my apple orchard.
I also like to see old barns so I created a farm scene on the left border. A farmhouse, barn, and an out building. I used novelty prints to get my chickens and cow. And I found a print that would be suitable for a haystack.
In addition to covered bridges, I have always liked grist mills. We have traveled many side roads to see the bridges and mills. I also like willow trees. As a child, we had one in our front yard. And a neighbor had a huge one in their yard. The kids would play house under the branches.
I then began to create the village scene across the bottom. The post office represents my friend Cathy whose husband was a mailman. I like the little mailbox in front of the building. The Travel Agency represents our good friends who have been visiting the last several days. They used to plan a lot of trips for their friends (including us). They never owned a travel agency but John has always been good at researching the areas and planning what to see. We have vacationed together many times.
"Dombek's Country Sausage" is named for my friend Pat. Her heritage is Polish and it made me think of Polish sausage.
Next comes "Davies Country Produce". My friend Lucy always liked to garden though I think it was mainly flowers.
The red brick building is called "Lynda's Dairy Bar" for my friend who worked for a dairy doing office work. The sign on the window says "Shakes, Malts, Burgers, and Hand-Dipped Cones". The white wood looking building with the flag is called "Liberty Books". A fictional book store. I like to read and that represents this. The tan brick building is called "Hayworth's Apothecary" for my good pharmacist friend Margo. I worked as a pharmacy technician with her for several years.
The red brick building in the next photo is a quilt shop. I am sure you can guess why I included that. There are quilt blocks in the window and a quilt by the front door on the outside of the building. Those are from a printed fabric. The tan building with the blue roof is "Beigh's Bakery". I used to bake often to share with my co-workers. The darker red building with the flag is called "Goddess Chocolates" just because a town should have a candy shop. I am not big on eating chocolate and I much prefer milk chocolate to dark chocolate when I do eat some. Several friends have called me "Goddess" for a long time. A joke that started at work and is all in fun.
I did not get the whole blue building in the picture. It is called "Burke's Buttons and Lace, Fine Silks" as those are the things she collects and drools over.
The white building with the red door is an antique shop. I had to have one of those as I like to browse in antique shops.
I had to create a golf course for my husband. That is his only hobby. The building says "McGregor Country Golf". There are two tombstones below the building and close to the antique shop. One has my husband's name on it and says "Darrell Beigh. Died on the 18th hole. Scored 72." And I put a future date that would give him a long life. He has never had a 72 score so I figure that would be his accomplishment. My tombstone says, "Karen Beigh. Died with needle in hand and quilt on her lap." And again a future date for a long life.
I forgot to have our friends hold the back of the quilt up for a photo so I draped it over a footstool so you can see part of it. I used a fabric for the center that is an apple orchard print. The lighter border is sliced apples. There is also a border that is a farm scene print.
I made the quilt in 2 1/2 weeks from start to finish. I spent many hours per day working on it. Once I knew where I was going with the design, I couldn't wait to have the finished product. The applique is fused and machine stitched. I did the applique with the donut method where the fabric remains soft. The fence below the grist mill was created to cover a seam line when I made the bottom border and did not have fabric to blend the side border with it. On the right side of the quilt, I used a stone print to make a stone wall to blend the orchard in with the bottom border. The sky is stripped pieced from many different fabrics that had an appropriate look.
I displayed the quilt at a show one time. After I brought the quilt home from the show and unfolded it, I found a note tucked into it. It was from someone wanting to purchase the quilt. I could not part with it. My husband said it would be like selling one of the family and that is true.
Lots of pictures in this post. Hope you enjoyed looking.