Don’t Fence Me In, the wool quilt from the first quarter of my Finish-A-Long is done and sent to its forever home. This quilt was inspired by a photo my daughter Meaghan had found in a Pottery Barn Catalog over ten years ago. Although this quilt doesn’t come close to an exact replica of the photo she shared, the inspiration is there.
The quilt was created using several curated wools from G-Street and thrift shops. Cutting the wool required a zig zag blade in my rotary cutter and I went through two of them. Even with the pinked edges, there was a LOT of debris on my cutting surface, in my bobbin and until I got it all together, on me. Originally the blocks were log cabins then mid-stream I started making H blocks. The placement of the log cabin blocks remind me of neighborhoods. When I figured out what I had and what I needed I ended up with the H blocks surrounding the log cabins. I found a lovely piece of wool blend for the backing.
This pleased me but also called for a change of name. Originally I was going to call this the Wooly Bully. When the project grew, it was a beast to move about. And it was heavy. But I titled this one “Don’t Fence Me In” as the H blocks resembled fencing to me. It might have also had something to do with what was going on in the news during my piecing.
Terry Burris Quilting did the quilting, using a wool batting. I put on the binding and off it went to Meaghan in Maine, where it’s warmth would be appreciated.
I am grateful for Meaghans inspiration as well as her gratitude and the PHOTO when she received it, as I totally forgot to take one prior to sending it out to her. This quilt is a warm hug from me to her.
Although not on my “List”, I made a little update in my kitchen.
Lemons! My new valance in the window. The lemon yellow matches the wall perfectly and was just what I needed to feel that spring is right around the corner!
More projects are nearing the finish line in this first quarter of the Finish-A-Long, and I can’t wait to get them done to share with you!
I love your quilt, or rather Meaghan’s. I have a lot of wool and have been thinking of making a wool quilt, but not so large as yours and back it with flannel.
A flannel back is a great idea! I would have done that if I didn’t have the piece I used. I’m done with the wool. I do have a lot of flannel and think I might do a couple more flannel quilts. Right now, I seem to have the attention span of a squirrel!
Your wool quilt is a fabulous finish to share with us! It looks fabulous on Meaghan’s bed and I’m so glad she shared a picture with you so we could enjoy it as well. Your lemons look nice and bright in your kitchen. Great job. ~smile~ Roseanne
Thank you Roseanne! The lemons were supposed to be an apron and table runner. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I made the purchase, but it appears there is still enough for said apron and table runner!
Hi there! After Seeing the chickens in your window by your lemon valance made me realize why you liked my chicken appliqué which I had on the boat. Still,haven’t finished it but very close. Maybe with our “stay home” order in Northern California, maybe I can get it finished.
Quilting seems to take all my time! Stay healthy! Marilyn
I’ve been quilting almost daily. And now with no gatherings over 10 people, most of the meetings and retreats have been cancelled or rescheduled, so more time to quilt. I suppose I should consider some “spring cleaning”, but that’s not nearly as much fun.
Hi! Congratulations on a new finish:). You a Don’t Fence Me In design is just perfect for these wool pieces. It looks great on the bed. Meaghan is a lucky girl! You were smart to use the pinking blade on your cutter. You deserve a break! Enjoy your new curtains:)😊❤️
Now it’s on to the “Quarantine Quilting”