10.13.2014

Clifford's 'Road to Oklahoma' quilt is complete!

UPDATE 8.18.2015
My 'Road to Oklahoma' Quilt is one of my entries in Lily Pad Quilting's 'Pets on Quilts Show 2015'
It is entered in the category 'Animal-themed Quilts' because the woodland deer scene fabric on the back of this quilt, was deliberately chosen because of the recipient's (my sweet cousin, Clifford's) love of deer.  When he saw the quilt, he thought the deer scene was the front of the quilt..... and was probably more excited about that than of the many pieced blocks on the front!  If I'd thought he'd think the 'back' was the 'front'.... that'd surely have saved me a lot of time and effort!!  :) 
For those stopping by from the Pets on Quilts Show 2015..... My family roots run deep in Oklahoma history as my ancestors were part of the Oklahoma Land Rush. I made this quilt for my cousin, Clifford, who still calls Oklahoma home, so it needed to be suitable not only for a grown man, but also have symbolic meaning.  That's why I chose the 'Road to Oklahoma' quilt block.  I live in South Carolina, so my husband even planned a special trip out to Oklahoma as part of gifting the quilt to Clifford.   All the links telling the story of this quilt are located at the bottom of this post. 
Thank you for stopping by!  Lisa

After a marathon weekend of quilting and binding.... my cousin Clifford's 'Road to Oklahoma' quilt is done!  It was immediately washed and dried last night to see the quilted goodness.  I could not wait.  One of my favorite parts, is to see how a quilt softens and crinkles after its first launder.  My husband did a fine job of holding the quilt for its final photographs this rainy afternoon.
The front:
The back could be used as a 'front' too.
A closeup of the woodland print fabric..... I like it.  He likes deer so this should be perfect.
 Always gotta have a photo of the binding, prepped and ready to put on.  Again, I used Shiny, Happy World's "How to Bind a Quilt"s video.... again, with the exception that I sewed it to the back first, then carefully pinned and machine-stitched to the front.  Love, love, love the way she was you begin and end the binding..... so easy.  Binding is 2 1/4" wide, folded in half, zig-zagged stitched on raw edges....
Thought long and hard about the quilt label and this is what I came up with.  If you look carefully at the back photo up above, you can see this tucked down into the lower left-hand corner.
I was v-e-r-y careful to line it up with my quilted squares and stitched on the top seam-lines so you cannot even see the machine-stitching from the front.  It lines up with the top two, left squares, photo below.   Here you can also see a little of the wavy, running stitch I did in the border.
Once the quilt was washed and dried, the little wonkiness in a couple of places, seemed to disappear.  Warm & Natural 100% cotton batting was used in this quilt, and all my other quilts too, and from what I've been reading, that type of batting helps fabric 'cling' and stay in place a little better than other types of batting..... and THAT may be why I've been able to quilt successfully without using a walking foot.  This finished quilt measures 50" x 66".  (It measured 52 1/2" x 68 1/2"prior to washing.)  All pieced and quilted by me using a Bernina 1230 and (basic) Kenmore 385.
If you remember from my very first post, this quilt, made from the historical quilt block aptly named 'Road to Oklahoma', is to be a surprise for my cousin Clifford, who always set aside time for me, and made me feel so special when I'd visit Oklahoma during all my growing up years.  I wanted to show my gratefulness to him in some sort of tangible way.  This quilt was a labor of love and I enjoyed every, single, minute of the many, many hours of time invested in this project.  Only my third ever quilt.... my first quilt this size.  I learned a lot and am satisfied with the end product.

It was nice to travel down memory lane and think of all the good times with my cousin as I worked on his quilt and can hardly wait to surprise him with it soon!  May I again thank Karen for sharing her beautiful inspiration quilt and Gourmet Quilter for her video on piecing this block using 2 1/2" squares...

...and 'Thank you' readers, for traveling on this road with me!!

UPDATE:  Official quilt photo with my sweet cousin, Clifford.  Seriously, when he saw the deer on the back, he thought that was the front!  :)  Be sure to check out all the links below that tell the complete story about this quilt.




BE SURE TO READ ALL THE POSTS ABOUT THIS QUILT:
*'Road to Oklahoma' - the beginning
*Assembly Line progress
*The top is done..... or is it?!
*Let the quilting begin!
*'just keep quilting.... just keep quilting....'
*Complete!
*The rest of the story

28 comments:

  1. It's beautiful Lisa. I'm happy you found my quilt inspiring. It's one of my favorites.

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    1. You have no idea how many times I referred to your quilt! It's one of my favorites now too and I'm thinking sometime next year I may do another one to hang on our wall, like you have yours. Thank you again Karen.

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  2. That is AMAZING! I hope Clifford recognizes all the time put into it. He'll certainly not be able to miss the love. Congratulations on a job very, very well done.

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    1. Thank you Barbara for such kind comments!

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  3. That is beautiful - I didn't realise you could wash these quilts - did you pre-wash the fabric? I guess cotton would hold fabrics better than polyester, and certainly have a more organic and softer feel. I think I have never been interested in making quilts thinking that they would have to be dry cleaned. Now I might have to think again! (One day...).

    What a lot of work - you must have spent hours making this - and manipulating such a large piece of work around must be very hard work and physically tiring. I do hope you enjoy your visit and the quilt is much appreciated. Take care...

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    1. Thank you Sarah Liz!
      To answer your questions: *No I did not pre-wash the fabric. There is some debate in the quilting world about that, but I like the crispness of the fabrics while I cut, piece, sew and quilt.... THEN wash in washing machine and dry in dryer where everything softens.... colors and snuggliness.
      *Fabric content - I've been using pretty much 100% cotton fabrics. My first quilt for the Alabama children's home I was crunched for time and used a 60% cotton/40% polyester flat sheet for the back and it worked great. I have stuck with, and will continue to use, the Warm & Natural 100% cotton batting..... no polyester there!
      * manipulating the quilt this size under the machine was a challenge, I admit.... but thinking ahead, I chose simple straight stitches that I could line up against a seam line easily. The quilt was rolled up to fit under the machine and with a little starting and stopping to take any weighty drag off the quilt, it was simple straight seam sewing all the way.
      *with garment sewing you are sewing a little here and a little there - but with quilting you are sewing on and on and on..... mindlessly at times once you've got the assembly line going, or quilting lines in order..... but I found it a nice time to think about my childhood memories or listen to the radio and lose myself in the sewing moment.

      This is my third quilt and I have fallen in love with the entire process of putting together a quilt from start to finish.... enjoy every step..... but I would not want quilting to be my only creative outlet and am so grateful for garment sewing.... enjoying the best of both worlds?! With your sewing abilities and creative streak you will produce a beautiful quilt! Look forward to seeing if one day you put together a quilt too!

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  4. What an lovely quilt Lisa...and I know Clifford will cherish it. I myself, appreciate the family history you shared with us. Having family from Oklahoma myself, have enjoyed the common bond of a fellow Okie...even though be are both living in other states now...but the memories of the summers and families spent in Oklahoma.
    With my grandma's quilts and your encouragement, I'm going to check out the link for the binding to see if I can do it myself.

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    1. Oh I am so glad you decided to try to do the binding yourself! You can so do this!!!! It is not that difficult at all. When you look at the shiny,happy, world video, you'll see she machine stitches the binding to the front, then hand-stitches to the back..... that is what you may want to do. It is more of an heirloom look..... and please, please show pictures and let us see your beautiful quilts!!!!

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    2. When are you planning your trek to Oklahoma? You will have to share the remainder of the story when you give this beautiful of quilt to your cousin. Have a safe trip.

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    3. We're back now and I've written the rest of the story here: http://pieceworktreasures.blogspot.com/2014/10/road-to-oklahoma-rest-of-story.html

      Thank you for joining me on our journey!!!

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  5. Congratulations on finishing your quilt it's beautiful. I am sure your cousin is going to love it. It's nice to read about the story and inspiration behind the quilt it makes it so much more special.

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    1. It meant a lot to me to share a little of my family's 'story'. Thank you Tracy!

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  6. Your quilt is not only completed, it's absolutely lovely, too. The colors of the fabrics you chose are just right for a "masculine" quilt without being the least bit dull and dreary.

    I love that you said you were reliving memories of times with Clifford years ago as you made his quilt. It's said, too, that years after a quilt is completed we can look back at that quilt and remember what was going on in our lives as we worked on it. So much of our lives, both past and present, are sewn into our quilts.

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    1. Completely agree that the quilt has a 'masculine' look with being dreary-laden and that was a pleasant surprise as the color choices came from Clifford, collaborated with his sister Dorothy, all in the guise of secrecy! The colors happened to coordinate with Karen's quilt, my 'inspiration', so it was easy to sort color placement more or less. One of my readers from Oklahoma said, to her, the colors represented the state of Oklahoma..... green for grass, rust for the red clay dirt, etc.... and thought that was another neat way this quilt 'connected' all the dots together.

      I have to say, I love the thought that 'so much of our lives, both past and present, are sewn into our quilts'. I will have to remember that. Thank you so much for your supportive and encouraging words through this quilting journey.

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  7. Road to Oklahoma has always been a favorite quilt pattern for me. Your cousin Clifford looks like he jsut loved his quilt! Great job Lisa!

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  8. Wow! Only your 3rd quilt. That is brilliant. You have done a fantastic job of it. No wonder your cousin is smiling so much in the photo!

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  9. This is a great pattern to use for a man's quilt and the backing fabric is a wonderful touch.

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  10. I like deer, too, and really like that backing fabric. I'm sure Clifford will treasure it for years to come.

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  11. This is wonderful, and what a happy story. I'm glad you entered it in the Pets on Quilts show, because now I got to see it and enjoy it too!
    ~Brandy

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  12. Beautiful quilt! It's wonderful to see a happy quilt recipient!! It looks very comfortable , especially on the back with the deer.
    Susie

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  13. This is gorgeous, Lisa!!! You are so talented! I loved reading your story, too! I know Clifford will enjoy this beautiful work of art!!

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  14. Beautiful quilt, Lisa. I know you are proud of your finish, and Clifford is proud to have it, too! Thanks for joining our party!

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  15. My husband always like the backs better. Lovely quilt.

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  16. Very pretty. Putting some deer on the back was brilliant for a guy. Your post and quilt reminded me of a time when my husband and I were driving through Nebraska and a deer jumped out of the ditch and ran into our car. Yes, really. Causing over $5,000 in damage to our car. We were lucky we could still drive it as there was o cell service for about 60 more miles. I guess after this story, it's a good thing the deer is on the back of Clifford's quilt and I probably won't be putting any on mine.

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  17. A gift of love... Nothing can be sweeter than that!!

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  18. Beautiful quilt. I had to chuckle when you described how excited your uncle was about the deer fabric.

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a note.~Lisa

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