“Splendid Sampler” Finished!

7 07 2017

“Splendid Sampler” is quilted, bound, and labeled! I am excited that this long term project is finally complete, and I can check it off of my Summer Projects list. You can read more about this project by clicking here.

I selected an overall feather pantograph, “Double Plume” by Keryn Emmerson. This is my go-to design for quilts with a Civil War era feel. Choosing thread color, however, was a dilemma. The brown sashing is quite dark; in contrast, the tan block backgrounds are quite light. The paisley border is a busy neutral, and the backing is a sage green calico with tiny red flowers. A dark brown thread would scream against the light backgrounds while blending with the sashing and border. Conversely a tan thread would draw attention to itself on the dark sashing while blending nicely in the blocks and border. I found a muted sage green thread to be the happy medium. It shows the texture of the quilting design unobtrusively across all the fabrics.

I am enjoying such success in whittling down my pile of UFOs this summer, I was tempted to start a new project. (Does this ever happen in your sewing room?) More about the new project in my next blog post.


“Just Takes 2” Almost Finished

18 06 2014

Monday was the designated day to longarm my rendition of “Just Takes 2.” You can read about the beginnings of this quilt here.

I chose the “Double Plume” pantograph designed by Keryn Emmerson. This is often my go-to edge to edge quilting design for quilts made with Civil War reproduction fabrics. It adds a nice, feathery, old-fashioned texture.


Alas and alack, I ran out of binding fabric. I need  a 10″ length cut 2 1/4″ wide. This is a Quilting Fabric emergency; time to call QF-11!

Just takes 2 binding

I put out an all points bulletin to several friends with extensive Civil War repro fabric stashes, and thankfully, Pam has some!

Once the binding is complete, I’ll post a picture.

Leave a comment below, telling about your fabric emergency. Did someone come to your rescue?