I know it has been forever since I last blogged. I have been busy playing in my quilt room, but it is getting to be that time of year when things are being made for holiday gifts and I don't want anything secret to leak out!
The best thing that has happened since I last wrote was that my husband made it home from Afghanistan!! And even a week early!! That NEVER happens in Army life, so I wasn't getting too excited until he was on the final flight. He has been home for almost 2 weeks now and we are having fun relaxing on the beach, snorkeling, etc. It is a really nice time to be living in Hawaii. All he has to do is be on leave and it's like we are on vacation!
I do have one project to share with you. I'm the member of a non-profit organization that raises money for scholarships and financial contributions to local organizations that support the military. One of our fund-raisers this year is to have a home tour of the historic homes on our army post. The homes are situated on Palm Circle, the parade field which gets its name from the large, magnificent palm trees that line the perimeter. At one of our board meetings, I got the idea to make a quilt and apply for permission to have it be an "opportunity" prize--what used to be referred to a raffle, but now is run a bit differently due to legal issues.
As I sorted through my piles of patterns and books, looking for inspiration, I didn't even have to dig very deep at all before I ran across this pattern:
Here is a photo of the homes from across the parade field:
The last detail that needed attending was the corner blocks that joined the house rows. In the pattern they are stars, but my quilt is representing Palm Circle, so I wanted them to be palm trees. I searched on the internet and found a free palm tree block. You can find it here. The problem was that I needed the palm tree to be "on point" so that it created a circle effect. I used the free pattern as my inspiration and drafted a block with the palm tree on point. Here is the result:
The whole quilt came out looking just like I wanted it to. Here is the whole thing:
The only problem I ran into was that I initially made the windows out of a creamy yellow, and they did not show up from across the room. By the time I figured that out, I had finished the whole top, and the easiest way to fix the problem was to machine applique different windows on top of the originals.
Here is the corner detail again:
Do you see the thin strip of medium blue running around the bottom of the "mountain" border? When I laid out the borders, I did not like how the tops of the palm trees were "bleeding" into the mountains, and my solution was to cut one-inch strips of the blue, fold them in half, and slip them in between the mountain border and house border like a piping. I was really pleased with the definition it created without it creating any need to resize anything.
Now all that is needed is to get it quilted and seek approval to have an Opportunity Quilt. If you think I took a big gamble by making it first, there are no worries. More than one resident of Palm Circle has already asked if I can make any more.
One more thing. I've been visiting everyone's blogs but am running into problems posting comments. I'm getting the "you don't have permission to post" or whatever that error message is and I've seen the solution: to completely log out of Blogger, but I haven't yet done that. I'm hoping they fix the problem with an easier solution.