It has felt good to get
the story of this unique quilt written.
It's something I needed to get done
for quite awhile.
Thank you for following along.
Our group of three mothers and three daughters
kept up the letter writing for almost 3 years
we all came to the same conclusion:
We were done.
How to do come up with a design
that is simple enough to allow
all those special names to be the stars,
yet make the quilt interesting.
At the time, I was thinking patriotic and
chose a deep rich blue and a red with stars.
If I were choosing today, I might
have chosen differently.
1996 verses 2020
Colors and styles have changed.
I drew out a simple sketch
and thought a simple 6" blue square
surrounded by the signature rectangles
and then using the red star
fabric as the connector squares
would work, allowing
our huge pile of signatures
to each find a place of honor.
I began to sew them together in no particular order.
And it grew and grew.
The center was now 74 inches by 74 inches
It was there I stopped.
I didn't know what to do with the rest
of the names.
So I put it all away
for a very very long time.
Now fast forward about 20 years
One day out of the clear
I decided to simply sew the remainder
of signatures into a piano key border.
After almost 20 years of starting this quilt,
the top was finally finished in 2016.
91 inches by 91 inches
Are you wondering about the big white square?
One of the other mothers of our group, asked the touring company
of the Phantom of the Opera to add their names to our quilt.
She boldly went to the stage door at the Buell Theater in Denver
and left 3 squares which someone placed somewhere
and someone returned to us.
Amazing, isn't it.
In order to keep track of where I
had sewn names, I had to draw out a chart.
I should really do it over, but kind of
like my cut and tape version.
And now fast forward another 4 years to 2020.
The question is:
What do I do now?
I have really wrestled with this.
How should this unique quilt be finished?
Should I hand quilt it?
I really don't want to spend
another decade doing that. hahaha
Of course, this was my original idea back in 1996 and
quilting something fancy in the blue squares?
Maybe now is the time to have it machine quilted?
(no stitching over the writing)
Quilting in the ditch and a star patriotic pattern
in the blue squares?
Or maybe leave it simply as a top?
(It would take up less room and no creases
from folding the quilt)
Awhile ago, I had written to a well known quilt historian
asking if she felt the quilt had any historical value
and how I should proceed.
I was told signature quilts are quite common
and I should go ahead and finish it so my family
could enjoy it.
So I'm not sure if it will ever find
it's way to any place other than with my family
and that's okay.
We had made it for and with our daughters
as a snapshot in time.
You might be asking what the other 2 friends
have done with their signatures.
Although, one of my friends
is committed to working on it in 2021.
Here are the fabric she had originally chosen
and the design is more
of a Chinese Coin strip layout.
It really has been on overwhelming project.
So I need your help.
What do you think?
What would you do?
I'm committed to getting
this quilt finished.
I played detective the other day
and guess what?
I figured out who belonged to the mystery scribble!
We had written to Le Var Burton in 1994
and thought he had never written back.
Our family were big "Star Trek,
The Next Generation" fans.
Le Var was also popular on a series
for children called "Reading Rainbow".
We're so excited.
I'm surprised I figured it out, but
thank goodness, for the internet!
Until Next Time-
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,