I started the quilt in September 1995 and finished it in February 1996. It is 70" x 70", with 100% cotton fabrics and Fairfield Cotton Classic batting. It is machine pieced and Jean Biddick, who was living in NJ at the time, machine quilted it for me.
In July 1994, I purchased Threads magazine and was taken by the article, "Quilting with Novelty Prints" by Shannon Rettig. I was fascinated with the author's examples and how variations in scale changed the overall appearance of the star blocks, especially when large-size novelty prints were used. I really never thought about using novelty prints before but with ample quantities of fabric samples from the office, I started to make my quilt.
I drafted the star pattern that was in the article, and as the author defined a novelty print as anything other than floral or geometric, I began to go through my fabrics choosing sewing-themed ones first--buttons, scissors, sewing implements, sewing machines, etc. When I ran out of those fabrics I expanded to some of my other interests--biking, gardening, vintage shoes, hat boxes, antiques, etc.
Previously I had purchased a Native American-motif striped fabric at the Fabric Warehouse in Belleville, NJ, because I had to have it. I chose the white/navy stripe, rather than the darker navy/white combination for the first border.
For the back of the quilt, I knew I was going to use a fabric panel with a Country Fair theme. I made a large size star block first (above) then added a cow print and another with bonnets (below) to bring the back out to the correct size.
I purchased Fairfield's Cotton Classic batting at Acme Fabrics in Pequannock, NJ, and was very pleased with how flat the finished quilt appeared.
In March 1996 I brought the quilt to Garden State Quilters for show and tell. The baseball card fabric was such a big hit I could have sold yards and yards if I had any to sell.
In January 1997 the quilt hung in Allary's booth at the Hobby Industry Association show in Las Vegas and in October/November it was on display at the Northeast Quilts Unlimited show in Old Forge, NY, where it won an Honorable Mention.
In Jan/Feb 1998 it was one of ten quilts on display at Livingston Town Hall. My quilts were featured on local T.V. and I was a guest on the show, January 29th.
From Dec '06 to Feb '07 it was part of an exhibit of my quilts at the new Livingston Community Center.
So, there you have it :) Total documentation. Yes, there is a label, I forgot to photograph it!
Maybe I'll tell you about another quilt sometime :)