Red & Blue Post-and-Rail Fence Quilt Timeline
This quilt has a particularly scattered history, not all of which I have documented. I started the quilt in Junior College when I convinced the really sweet older woman at the fabric store I worked at to teach me to quilt and showed here a soft, cottage-y antique blue-and-white rail-fence quilt in a home decor magazine. I started by hand-piecing. As a young executive after college I didn’t have time to quilt and I gave all of the pieces away. About twenty years later, I got them back again. You can read a humorous account of my very, VERY rocky path from there to completion in my blog post, Seventy-Odd Steps to a Totally Awesome Quilt.
Started: Approximately 1987
RE-Started: December 28, 2006
Finished: October 26, 2008
December 28, 2006: The original blocks from 1987 are back in my hands. Some of those fabrics are from a skirt I made in high school from an official Gunne Sax pattern. I loved that skirt.
December 29, 2006: Lacking a proper design wall, I’ve thumbtacked some flannel up across the bookcases. It’s not a great color, but I’m trying to make do. I’m calling it the “Non-Design Wall.”
December 30, 2006: Since this quilt is going to be for my little boy, I add recycled shirts to the mix.
January 2, 2007: The old shirts are super fiddly so I experiment with liquid starch. It works, but I totally ruin my iron in the process.
January 6, 2007: The bleak winter weather gets to me, and I add a bunch of bright Kaffe Fassete prints to the mix.
January 28, 2007: The quilt top is pinned after being pinned and unpinned for a variety of reasons (see Seventy-Odd Steps to a Totally Awesome Quilt).
May 24, 2007: After much insanity (see above post), the quilt is finally quilted on the rentable long-arm at the local quilt shop.
May 31, 2007: Start binding, then have to pack quilt in order to move to new house in small town.
October 26, 2008: Quilt is finished and given to my son for his birthday!