As soon as I take a large quilt off the frame I always have another one waiting in line to take it’s place as I never get caught up – I bet a lot of you have that same problem!
Just a couple days ago I took the quilt Bow Tie Medallion off of the frame and decided to put my Traditional Red and Green Applique on it. This quilt has been waiting in line for a long time. I did the blocks in 2010 and early 2011, the border I did early 2012, so it has been waiting at least a year – I have another that has been waiting even longer! Of course I had to get started quilting it right away even though the binding is waiting to be stitched on the Bow Tie quilt.
The quilt top was inspired by 3 different books – I took the blocks from two different books and the border from another. I can’t for the life of me remember what book I fashioned the border from – it wasn’t an exact duplicate. The blocks though were from Jeana Kimball’s “Red and Green, An Applique Tradition” and Marsha D. Radtke’s “A Baltimore Album”.
So quilting begins -- I will be quilting around the applique shapes, some applique depending on the size of the piece will have some quilting in them as well. I am using 3/4” masking tape to mark my lines – I know some do not like masking tape and think it leaves residue behind – I have used this tape off and on for years with no problems so I will keep on using it.
This much done so far – I will be working on this off and on but I must get the binding done on the Bow Tie Medallion so I can call that one finished before I work a lot on this quilt. I expect this to be on the frame for the normal 6 months or so before it gets done. I am inspired though to finish it a little faster as this quilt is red and green – what better season to use it for then the holiday season – so I will try to have this finished by late November at least.
I am using King Tut variegated red/green thread of course!