Don't you just love watching the Olympics? I do! It's been good quality sewing time, too, as I finished one project and made some progress on another.
But first . . .
In 1979 I made my one and only Olympic Wallhanging quilt and entered it in McCall's Needlework & Crafts first national contest inspired by the 1980 Winter and Summer Olympic Games.
The design had to be an original depicting the Olympic Games Theme, Sport or Symbol. I chose two winter and two summer sports and the Olympic torch intertwined with red rings embroidered with the location and year of all the Olympic games.
I used a 14" pizza pan for the circles.
The bright yellow background fabric is a cotton/poly blend which was about the only thing available back then.
I cut out a cardboard hexagon and marked the entire background using a lead pencil (erasing as I went along) and did some echo-quilting in the circles.
won an honorable mention in the McCall's contest and 1st Place in the
wall-hanging category at a small NJ quilt show at the Perkins Center for
the Arts in Moorestown, NJ, in 1981 :)
I got to sew the binding on Potluck which I started last year. Barbie Vanderfleet-Martin quilted it for me and did a wonderful job!
I was on a quest to empty my scrap bins :)
The 4-patches, half-square triangles, and bricks are all 2" x 2".
had plenty of leftover triangles (surprisingly the correct size) for
two strips. I chose a rust-colored non-descript pattern for the binding
as I didn't want it to overpower the rest of the quilt.
The back. Just using what I had on hand.
Do you recognize the one on the left? It's an oldie.
And the label.
I also finished quilting the center of this NJ Repro.
The quilting pattern is an Orange Peel which I had to adjust ever so slightly to fit each block.
So now I'm up to the borders. I'm still
unsure as to what quilting design I want to use for the inner border (maybe a simple cable) and I'm leaning toward hanging diamonds for the large grapevine.
Have a great week!
Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer