The Steam family got some pretty shocking news. My mom was diagnosed with cancer. Within weeks of the diagnosis she was in surgery to have the tumor removed. The plan had been that about 4 weeks after surgery chemo and radiation treatments would begin. All of this happened while working on putting the finishing touches on the Police Birthday for N. I knew that as soon as the party craziness was over I wanted to make a quilt for mom that she could take to her chemo treatments to keep her warm. And also so she’d be reminded of all the people who love her and are saying prayers for her.
However this only left me ONE week to design and finish the quilt. PHEW! Not much time. But I thought I had a good chance of pulling it off.
I knew that the piecing would have to be kept to a minimum if I wanted to get this done in time. I also knew that I wanted to showcase the quilting. And to keep things fast I wanted to use fabric I had in my stash so I could get started immediately.
I had bought this panel quite a few years ago with the intention of making a quilt for mom, but never got to it. Perfect. They could add a lot of pop and color without any piecing.
I used the same panel to make this quilt and it was super fast and just about the size I was looking for, but it didn’t have any space to showcase the quilting. I’d need a different design.
I played for a bit on EQ until I cam up with this. The cream squares would actually be the flower blocks from the panel. Then the bordered blocks and the quilt border would leave room to showcase some nice feathers. Each block is 16″ with a 6″ border. 62″ square, just a smidge bigger than I was aiming for, but still in the general size range. Layout done!
Now about that quilting. I
stole borrowed some of the kids easel paper and started drawing. I knew I wanted to do some ruler work and some feathers. I just LOVE curved cross hatching so that was a must. I tried out 2 feather versions. I thought the echoed feathers looked nicer.
For the quilt borders I knew I wanted a swag style look. I was happy with design of the feathers, but couldn’t decide between piano keys or curved cross hatching. I liked both. I was torn. Eh, I could make this decision once I started quilting.
I showed the quilting design to Mr. Steam and he just started laughing. He went over and grabbed a book and turned to this picture. That bridge looks an awful lot like the arc with piano keys doesn’t it?! Too funny, because that engine is the Big Boy. My VERY favorite steam engine. Well, there ya go, piano keys – or train bridge it is!
The entire design for the top and the quilting took less than 2 hrs. I have never had a quilt design to come together that fast. Time to move on to the piecing.
1 Week quilt posts:
- Quilting the Borders
- Quilting the Feather Blocks
- Quilting the Flower Blocks and Finished Quilt