I've been so anxious to blog about this quilt. The pattern name is "North and South" by Doris Scanlon at Rose Country Quilts.
The local historical society in the town where my Mom lives had a quilt made from this pattern or had the original quilt on display. She asked if I could make a quilt like it, I didn't commit to her, but immediately started making plans to sew this quilt and have it quilted by her birthday, which was last week.
So now that she has the quilt, I can blog about it. I called the quilt by many names, none which I feel I should share with you folks today.
My Mom didn't want me to use the muted grey and blue fabric the pattern called for, she wanted a deeper blue so I went with Minick and Simpson's Flag Day Farm. I bought some yardage for the borders and setting blocks and used a layer cake and jelly roll for the sampler blocks. It worked out great. This was the first time I had used a layer cake or jelly roll. I enjoyed selecting the different fabric combinations for each sampler block. I was a little surprised by the mess those bakery edges made, fuzzer/threads everywhere.
The quilter used an all over large feather design that I think suited this quilt given its use and the overall feel of the quilt.
The quilt finished at around 79" X 79" and is Quilt # 47.
The pattern is very clever, the sampler blocks on the north west side of the quilt represent northern towns or states and the sampler blocks on the south east side of the quilt represent southern towns or states. The similar diagonal blocks separating the sampler blocks represents the Mason Dixon Line.
I learned quite a bit about proper fabric placement on this project. See the corners of this block, the plain cream was a bad choice.
By the time I made this block,I figured out that using the same corner fabric as the background fabric gave the block the look of floating in its spot. I think it gives it a better, more professional look. Unfinished, these blocks are 10 inch square.
OK, so I'm sure you're thinking, nice blog Thelma, but why were you so eager to share this info, nothing that different, right......here's the skinny...this is the worst pattern ever designed. The skill level is intermediate but there isn't an experienced quilter out there who would want to make this quilt using this pattern. I thought I was paying for a pattern, what I bought was a clever idea and the most poorly executed attempt at providing directions. I have no idea how the designer, in good conscience, felt this pattern should be sold unless it had the following disclaimer, "Great idea but quilter will need to adjust given dimensions to actually make 10 inch unfinished blocks."
Here's the pattern for a couple of the blocks, no color and no direction. I can live with this, I would prefer better but I'm a fairly intelligent person, I can make it work. What I can't live with is if I used the sizes provided by the designer in these directions, the Mason Dixon blocks would be 10 1/4 inches and the Philadelphia Pavement block would be 10 1/8 inches. The blocks should be 10 inches. Now I have to admit, sometimes my blocks don't finish at the exact size called for by the pattern, who hasn't made a block or two that's off a smidge. But here's the rub, I could have made the blocks perfectly, using the dimension in the pattern, and got a block ranging in size from 9 5/8 to 10 1/4, with several sizes in between. Not even half of the sampler blocks finished at 10 inches using the designer's dimensions.
Have you ever heard of such a thing? I was moving my needle left or right one or two positions for every block. Plus I had to reconfigure each block in order to make it work out correctly. I had to use 16ths of an inch! This quilt was no fun. I started on June 16th and finished on July 9th. I was grumpy the whole time. I sent a note and called the designer to express my displeasure and suggest she have her patterns tested before issuing them. I've yet to hear back.
Just blogging about it gets me all worked up all over again, but it's done, my Mom loved it, and I'm glad to have it behind me. But I will never buy another pattern from Rose Country Quilts!
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