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Thank you for the nod of encouragement, Suze.
I figure that this is my chance to go free-wheeling and make an autobiographical kind of quilt that will make sense to me and my DD.
Guess I could make a huge label for the back but maybe not ...
I have Barbara Brackman's book (Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns) and there's Marcia's Quilter's Cache for sources of blocks; my noggin is already percolating as I finish off a quilt I found while excavating my closet yesterday. This is the quilt I started for my first great-grandchild which might be umpteen years in the future. I am stitching on that in fits and starts so I do not damage my shoulders.
I'm sure my son will turn pale if I mention the idea of him becoming a grandfather someday.
Sounds like you have figured out a new project to keep you our of trouble. I love the quilt you are making for your future great grandchild.
Thanks for your comments, Ami.
My mind is really buzzing with hopeful ideas over the "Kresge Kid" quilt project ... I'm more excited over this than any quilt I've made in a long time.
Quilt making had become pretty tedious for years, just not very creative.
and...of course you must have a goldfish block for Knuckles O'Toole...
I remember you making that circles quilt. Thought you had quilted it though!!
Oh, wow! That is quite some quilt you have chosen to work on. Looks a bit too intimidatingly for me and it should keep you busy for a while. Strange how the book titles have changed. I would never have even thought of using the term gypsy as politically incorrect. My grandparents grew up in Czechoslovakia and were terrified of the gyspsies because they supposedly would kidnap children. They held on to that fear when they moved here. During my hippy days, I would not be allowed to visit them with my big hoop earrings and bandana . Have fun with this quit. We will enjoy watching the progress.
Good memory, Suze!
I started quilting it on my longarm and had a problem with snagging some of the fused circles which would "bounce" up. Took the quilt off of Lily Aurora and spent a fair amount of time with Jack removing the stitching which was not exactly quality time.
Then I started quilting on Cecil Faye (by the way, Faye is the daughter of Lily and the granddaughter of Aurora; the names of my machines are the names of my quilting ancestors) and shoving the quilt under the needle of the Singer 201-2 really made my shoulders ache fiercely.
So I folded the quilt up and put it on the shelf for many months. I was pleasantly surprised to find it during my "excavation" the other day.
I do indeed plan to have fun with this quilt.
I'm going to make a "shopping list" of ideas (following Suze's suggestion to add a goldfish block) and see what kinds of blocks I can locate. Do you suppose there's a daylily block or a truck block that looks like a moving van? LOL
When I take my trip to Va next summer I will see if they have a truck that look like a moving van.
Thank you, Viola, for being a good detective for me.
I have already decided that I will use printed fabric only, no photos, in this quilt. If I cannot find a block pattern I will use a novelty fabric.
I have no deadline on this quilt. I will keep adding blocks until my design wall explodes.
it may not matter now, but regarding the foot on your LA catching on the appliqued circles, they have a new foot that addresses that. I love it so much I use it all the time unless I'm doing ruler work. It's called the glide foot. And it does glide over pretty much anything, including thick seams and applique edges. It's shaped like a little bowl with a hole in the middle. Pretty sure they make it for your machine as well. Though you may not be interested - it's $50.