Monday, December 5, 2011

Blk/White, Orca, Quilting

The above quilt has a very sentimental story .... made with the clothing of a loved one lost. A co-worker Barbara wanted to make quilts for her family from her mom's clothing, A TOTAL OF NINE! Barbara had never quilted - in fact - she did not own a sewing machine. With pure determination and the need to heal broken hearts, she bought a sewing machine, made all of the tops and the backings.

As of this weekend, she had already finished quilting the first top using her new walking foot. To help her, I offered to quilt the one she made for herself -- what an honor. After the holidays and after she has gifted each to her family, I will share more of this heart-warming story.

A few years ago, I designed this 18" sample block which was never used after I "tweaked" the final block. While looking for black and white scraps for the ORCA Mystery, I found it -- JUST IN TIME. I finished it as a little topper and will reveal later this week as part of the November Monochromatic Challenge at Patchwork Times. I had totally forgot about the final block and the lovely quilt it made -- one of which I will just have to re-make and share in 2012.

The above progress represents Steps 1 and 2 in the ORCA Mystery Challenge hosted by Bonnie Hunter. I have cut out step #3 and finished around 50. I truly believe a mystery quilt is one of my favorite projects -- I actually have a hard time sleeping on Thursday night waiting for the next clue. With everything going on -- how in the world could I fit this in -- what's a couple hours less sleep.

For more design walls, be sure to visit Judy at Patchwork Times and for progress on the ORCA Mystery quilts, visit Bonnie at Quiltville.

16 comments:

Candace said...

I loved your sentimental story and the quilt you are quilting for your friend.
All your blocks look wonderful. I love mysteries too, or at least Bonnie's mysteries. I haven't gotten too much into any others.

Sue Daurio said...

Your block is gorgeous!! Great progress on the Orca Bay quilt, it's looking good.

Sandra in the UK said...

Blocks are looking good. I really love all the quilts you have in your blog.

LynCC said...

Fun Orca pic :)

Jo said...

Love your machine quilting....I like the mysteries too. It's a great escape from the regular.

Lizziebeth said...

Your quilting is great Jamie, do you quilt on a longarm or domestic machine?

Connie said...

How sweet of you to quilt her quilt and it is so great that she is starting to quilt and make them for her family. Love your block and can't wait to see what you'll do with it. Have fun with your mystery quilt, I have about 1/2 done of all 3 steps.

Mary said...

Beautiful quilting and great progress on your Orca mystery quilt.

Julie Kaye from KS said...

It's wonderful that you are helping your friend. I'm sure she appreciates it.
Your star block is wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing your project. It is so nice to have someone else come right out and say how exciting it is to be doing a mystery quilt. I'm the same way.

Denise :) said...

What a sweet story -- and so sweet of you to help! I like your sample block -- red, black and white are a favorite combo of mine! :)

Mary said...

Nice Block. Glad your orphan made it to the Finish line. Your so nice to quilt that one for her, pretty feathers again. Have fun with the Mystery, I have too much of my Christmas projects to get done to start a new Mystery. I like the weekend ones that are all posted in a week-end. No waiting up on Thursday nights.

Bonnie said...

Great story and great block. Love the display of Orca Bay pieces. You're making great progress.

Linda said...

Great story about making the memory quilts. Your Orca colours are great.

Sarah Craig said...

Your quilting is so gorgeous, and I love that block!!

karen said...

Love the quilts and the quilting! Very interesting way to show your progress on Orca Bay.

Michele said...

Beautiful quilting and a beautiful story! I've never done a mystery quilt. I may have to give one a try.