Rising Star Quilters sponsored a workshop in the spring of 2017 with Nancy Halpern. You can see some of her work here. I talked about this workshop in this blog post, so you can get an idea of the types of quilts made from this technique.
2020 was the year this quilt would be finished; I decided that in January. It was a hard quilt to get back into. July came, I finally began the slow process of getting back into this quilt. The above picture is how it has looked since that day.
This is the inspiration photo, take in September 2016. Now, in case you were curious, this was one slow quilt to get back into! It is slow to piece: take some off the design wall, sew a block, put it back, pick up the next. Nancy, the instructor, did it the old fashioned way using templates. The other difficulty was that at the end of the workshop I did not complete the top, so I had to figure out the sides/bottom and top. That took forever.
When I was done, then there was the problem of trimming it. The slide show above shows a few of the problems and steps. But, I took my time and did it. Intersections of certain blocks were used as a guide line. Generous trimming was the way I did the first cut around each edge. Each subsequent cut was a 1/2″ until I got it just right. I was amazed that it wound up nearly “square”, with only a half inch difference in the width at some point. PHEW! To say that there was a big sigh of relief when that was done would be an understatement.
The quilt then went to spend time wit Tabitha, my lovely HandiQuilter Simply 16. Earlier in the year, I bought the design called Lace Agate Meander by Bethanne Nemesh. In the end, I knew the quilting would bring this to quilt to life.
I faced the quilt. I left the corner triangles all open, but may tack down the bottom ones if I don’t use a dowel on the bottom. The top allows for one nail and the dowel to be used as a way of leveling the quilt. There are a few additional tabs in case I need them, probably not, as this is a smallish piece.
The quilt went into the wild for a photo shoot. While this is not where the photo was taken, it is what I think the quilt represents, rock, sand, sea and sky.
All in all, there are things I love about this quilt. Finding it the proper place in our house is the next item on its agenda.
An original quilt inspired by a photo
30″ x 39″
Pattern from Japanese Puzzle Workshop (Nancy Halpern)
Quilting Pattern: Lace Agate Meander
Quilted with: Superior So Fine #408 and DecoBob Grey
This was my One Monthly Goal and I am finishing up this blog at 8:38pm on the evening of August 31! I am so thrilled to have it done, thank you Patty of Elm Street Quilts. It was also one of my quarterly goals, the 8th finish for my PhD in 2020, and is my Favorite Finish for the month
Coming Up on the Blog:
2020 Monthly Color Block – September
QAL by the Sea #5 – 9/8
QAL by the Sea #6 – 9/15
Garden Party Hop Hop – 9/17
QAL by the Sea #7 – 9/22
Hello Fall Blog Hop – 9/21
QAL by the Sea #8 – 9/29