Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

22 years ago....or thereabouts...

....if you were quilting back then, you may recall the huge popularity of the "primitive" look that took the quilting world by storm...Gerry Kimmel, Linda Brannock, Jan Patek - the Red Wagon trilogy - wow! We couldn't get enough...darker quilts, angels, bears, sheep, trees - lots of trees...lots of rounded areas for applique; not the perfect points and placement of traditional applique. Who knew you could do star points that were not sharp? The more primitive the better! Plaids, wovens, naive figures on prints...what great fun we had.

So in 1996, when we broke ground for our log home, I just knew there would be a place to display this "Northwoods" quilt which had been started the year before...



I knew I could get it done - after all there isn't much to do when you are selling one house and building another...
Not so fast - that quilt languished in various boxes, baskets and closets - with only one row of trees to finish the hand quilting on...for about 22 years...
Until last week...quilting finished, binding on and a gentle wash.


This was a learning quilt - I made lots of mistakes, probably invented some new ones; used questionable markers for quilting lines (not the safer varieties we have now) ; lost the original spool of quilting thread somewhere...had to substitute a "close enough" color...and I like it all over again - the log cabins, bears and paper-doll cut trees...


Happy to check off a third project on 17 in 2017 -


Just think what I can accomplish in the next 22 years....
Happy stitching everyone!!


Pat

12 comments:

Maureen said...

Congratulations on your beautiful finish. I think some projects just need to cure for a while. I'm trying not to chastise myself for having so many quilt projects started and not finished. Most will eventually get done - I've been working on 3 of them this summer - and the ones that don't will hopefully be a fun project for another quilter. Good luck with your 17 in '17!

Mimi said...

Love it! I am sure it goes great in your log cabin house, too. Now.....I have those cats made (which I worked on while sitting with my mom) and I need to get to that quilt before Halloween this year. I wonder how long it will take me to get to it. We ALL have projects like that. Buy, hey!....your's is done. Congrats and it is adorable.

Kyle said...

Congratulations of your wonderful finish. I remember those days very well and made many of those Red Wagon patterns. In fact, I also made Northwoods. It was a challenge at the time to do the paper doll cutting and appliquing of those trees. I'd hate to look too closely at my stitching. Enjoy your quilt in your cabin. It will be perfect.

Pondside said...

I don't think I'd ever get tired of that look.
Congratulations on the finish!!

Janet O. said...

I was quilting then, but never did any of these patterns. They involve applique, you know, which I don't do.
But I admire everyone else's work in this style. This quilt has great appeal and looks perfect for a cabin.

Karen said...

Hurray! I have thought about making that same quilt since I first purchased the book way back then. I have done others from the book but not that particular one.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Congratulations on finishing this wonderful UFO!
I think the pattern is timeless and no doubt the quilt will look fabulous in your home.

Cathy said...

Congrats on your finish. It is a beautiful quilt. Hugs

Dawn said...

It turned out great! A wonderful compliment for your beautiful home.

JudyCinNC said...

So happy to be here and seeing another masterpiece from Pat, and what a beauty. Well worth the wait. All is well in our world. When we moved to the cottage I had all of my UFO's in tubs in the bedroom closet. The flimsy's were waiting for "frosting". My milestone is I am down to two that need backings and off they go to Joanne in New Hampshire. Whew!!! Just needed to get it done. Hope you and Mr. Taylor are well. Getting ready to take my blog down in September. I will be using Blog2Print to compile my blog book. Think of you often. JudyC in NC

Louise said...

I remember the Red Wagon era very well. I purchased every book that was published. It was a nice ride!

Gregg Dunne said...

Really beautiful pattern! Thanks for the share, love checking out your blog!