My own veteran's quilt
As a general rule I don't make any of the veterans quilts that Country School donates, I just quilt them. But occasionally I have just the right amount of leftovers to put one together and that's the case with this one. Some of you may remember my Crossing The Drunkard's Path quilt-along that I hosted in 2015. I made a few DP quilts and one of them was in every shade of brown hand dyed that I had in my stash. You can see the original quilt top on the old blog. I had spent a lot of time making all of these DP blocks and I wasn't going to waste them. There weren't enough by themselves for a veteran's size quilt so I dyed a gradient for a border and even had a 4-patch for the top corner. I really love how this one turned out. I love the big one too and will quilt it soon.
My rule is that veterans quilts get simple quilting and that's what I wanted with this. But I also wanted something that would at least reference the curves in the block. Baptist Fans came immediately to mind but that is not a fast quilting motif. Then I remembered a filler design that I learned from Leah Day's book. She calls it Echo Shortcut. I use it a lot in tiny fill quilting but is there any reason it can't be done big?
Any fill pattern can be done big and I know I'll use this one again and again.
Here's a photo of it on the frame. The only thing the least bit fiddly about this is that I worked each row left to right. I quilted the whole thing in about an hour and a half.
The back of this one is a nice bit of serendipity. I custom dyed a back for a customer and, once done, realized that I had mixed one color wrong. I made another for her and got the nice one to keep for myself. It worked out perfect for this quilt.
7/14/2017 10:34:46 am
What a beautiful quilt! Someone will love it! I really like the quilting design too. I have done something similar but reversed every other motif and used it for a border.
7/14/2017 11:45:49 am
What a lovely quilt, Vicki! The veteran who receives it is sure to be blessed by it.
7/14/2017 11:50:56 am
Thank you for the idea! I made a DP in a workshop and it has been sitting for a longgggg time because of my lack of inspiration. I love what you did with it and now I have incentive to finish mine.
Tina in NJ
7/14/2017 12:03:56 pm
I noticed the quilting right away, a kind of funky Baptist fan. It's absolutely perfect for this quilt! Btw, I did finally get one of the Accuquilt DP dies and I love it. Maybe I'll make Love Ring my go-to wedding quilt (I'm a very traditional quilter).
7/14/2017 04:02:16 pm
Absolutely gorgeous Vicki! I would have trouble letting that one go. Some veteran will be a very lucky person.
7/14/2017 07:02:56 pm
Everything about this quilt is great, the blocks and their placement, the gradation of colours and the quilting. The person who receives this will love it.
7/14/2017 11:53:54 pm
Beautiful, beautiful quilt.... dyeing, piecing and quilting all.
7/15/2017 08:20:03 am
That is a lovely quilt, Vicki. I love the idea of using that pattern in a large version. It very nicely mimics the Baptist fan pattern.
Vicki in MN
7/15/2017 09:08:42 am
It's beautiful in the piecing and the quilting, you executed that design in the large wonderfully!
7/15/2017 12:06:23 pm
7/16/2017 09:10:41 am
Beautiful quilt, I just love it.
7/16/2017 09:55:15 am
What a terrific alternative to BF -- I just might have to try this on one of the many waiting projects I have in the to-be-quilted que.
7/22/2017 08:06:48 pm
Vicki, the coppery tones just make this quilt shimmer! I love it. Your quilting is brilliant. I'll have to try it. It looks so much easier than Baptist Fans, but still gives the same general look.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.