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Friday, August 30, 2013

Colonial Canasta and Cannons!

Hi Everyone,

Last night was the finale of the TRADOC band's summer concert series, Music Under the Stars.  The finale always features, as the last number, the 1812 Overture with the accent of real cannon fire from howitzers.  If you have never heard a performance of the Overture with cannons, I highly recommend it!

The park where the concerts are held is the place with the neat fence that I like to use in photographing my Schnibbles, so I brought along Canasta.  We have learned where to park that is close to a good, scenic spot, so I took some pictures and then we put it in the car, got out our chairs, bug spray, beverages, etc. and walked over to the concert area.


Once I got the center of the quilt done, I decided to use a print for the border.  I also knew right away that I wanted to scallop the border, so I cut the border wider than the directions, at 4 1/2 inches. 

 
While constructing the blocks, I had to decide if I wanted to leave the center background squares as background, or if I wanted to use something else.  I tried both and decided to use both.

I did keep all of them in the same dark red as the background.
 
 
This park really is a great place for pictures!
 
 
After the photo shoot, I put the quilt away in the car and we headed off to the concert.  The event was opening with a performance by the Fife and Drum Corps from Colonial Williamsburg.
 
 
I love the Fife and Drums!  When I saw them I had an idea so I ran back to the car for Canasta.
 
 
It now has a new name:  Colonial Canasta!
 
Have a great weekend!
JoAnne




31 comments:

  1. Love it! Your last picture is wonderful!

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  2. Love the photo shoot, and the scallop border looks lovely.

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  3. What a fabulous locale for a concert AND a photo shoot! Love the photo with the fife and drum corps members... I'll bet that was a first for them!

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  4. I love how you name your quilts and then using the colonial dressed people to hold it for a photo shoot is perfect!

    Congrats too on finishing those spools of thread.
    Do you have a good place to get thread from? I order from Red Rock but am always looking for someplace with more reasonable prices...

    Peggy in NJ

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  5. Great post JoAnne! The timing of finishing your darling Canasta quilt and the concert could not have been better! Great finish with the scalloped border, and great pictures!

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  6. That scalloped border is the perfect finishing touch for this great quilt!

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  7. Love it and the scalloped border was an inspired choice! On top of that, you are finished early.

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  8. That scalloped border is wonderful ! I love that last picture of them holding your quilt ! Priceless !

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  9. Wow, how gorgeous is your quilt ! Love your fabrics, scalloped border, really perfect. Bravo.

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  10. Excellent finish, and all of the photos are fabulous!

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  11. I love this quilt! The line is perfect, the border fabric, the scallop! So cute!

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  12. Your Canasta quilt is beautiful! And what a cute idea to photograph with the fife and drum players. Very cool picture.

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  13. It's just beautiful and I'm amazed you have it quilted and bound already. You rock!

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  14. It turned out wonderfully and the picture is perfect!!

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  15. LOL, how fun is that! Love your quilt... especially the special hangers you got for it!

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  16. Your Canasta is fantastic! I love the red background and I REALLY love the scalloped floral border! Perfect touch with the fife and drum crew holding the quilt.

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  17. Your quilt is lovely, great colors and the scalloped edge makes it!! Love the last picture!!!

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  18. Let's see. We had lunch on wed and this was just blocks on the design wall. Nice finish!

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  19. That scallop border is the perfect finishing touch on an adorable little quilt--love it!

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  20. Stunning JoAnne!!! I love the red background and scalloped border. So cool that you were able to get a pic with the Fife and Drum Corps!!

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  21. I love your quilt and colors! Just beautiful.

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  22. Oh my gosh, how cute to have the marchers holding your darling quilt! Perfect coloration! Very nice post!

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  23. I LOVE your quilt and it's little scallops. SO PRETTY! And love the photos, especially with the drum and fife members. What a great idea!

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  24. It's a beautiful quilt, JoAnne. And how fun that the drummers held it for a photo! My recollection of reenactors in Williamsburg is they absolutely refuse to budge out of character and time, so it's impressive that these drummers were willing to do it. (Of course, they weren't in Williamsburg, I guess, so maybe it's different.)

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  25. Love the quilt and those pictures are awesome! Great finish. :-)

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  26. Beautiful quilt and scenery! Cut picture with the "soldiers" too! :)

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  27. Ok, without seeing any other quilts I already know your Colonial Canasta will be the parade winner, amazing job. I love the red and I love the border. I've been wanting to try a scallop border, how perfect to add one to a Schnibbles!

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  28. JoAnne, Your Canasta is stunning! I love your scallop border.

    My Quilting Journey

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  29. Wonderful story and wonderful quilt! I didn't get in on this Schnibbles, but after seeing your scalloped border, I'm going to try and work it in to the mix. Love this!

    Elizabeth E.
    opquilt.com

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  30. Just wonderful. Your quilt holders look pretty happy about it too!

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  31. I love the way yours turned out and your "models" cracked me up when I saw the quilt on Sherri's blog. I figured if anyone could find some patriotic-looking people to stage your quilt, it would be YOU! Great job!

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