I received a warm letter and some beautiful photos from a fellow quilter after my first post on the Carpenter’s Star quilt pattern. Lin McQuiston from Ohio made this gorgeous quilt two years ago that she won a ribbon for. This is her “Myrtle Beach Memories” quilt. I’ll let her tell you about it!
“I’m very proud of this quilt, as I did the whole thing myself – even the quilting. Here’s the story:”
My husband and I have vacationed with our two children in Myrtle Beach since the early 80’s. Even though we’ve been empty nesters for awhile, we still go down there from Cleveland, Ohio once a year. I started quilting in 2000. In 2006 I discovered the quilt shop, Sewing in the Carolinas. They had this quilt on display, only in blues and greens. It was stunning in those colors, but they wouldn’t go with my house, so I chose blues, pink and browns. I did buy the blue and green fabric to make a small wall hanging out of the same fabric. The pattern and fabrics sat for over a year while I finished up other projects.
At my Fall retreat in 2007 I decided to piece the two quilts. When I got the fabric out to cut, my taste had changed, and I hated the blue, pink and brown fabric. I searched all over the Internet to purchase more of the blue and green to make the larger quilt. So, I actually made this quilt twice using both color ways. When the pink, blue and brown one was all pieced, I fell in love with it all over again. I’m so glad I stuck with it. In the meantime, in 2008 I purchased a used HQ16. I was determined to learn how to quilt these myself. I joined MQR (Machine Quilters Resource), an online forum, and asked a lot of questions. I quilted the blue and green one first, and made a lot of mistakes. I didn’t choose the right batting for one – so my motifs didn’t pop out. I also didn’t do my background fill tight enough, and I had too much detail in my motifs. I corrected all those mistakes with the next one. When I took it off my frame, I actually cried. I just couldn’t believe I was capable of doing that kind of quilting myself. I had never done any kind of custom quilting before. In Feb 2009 I put it in a large local show here in Northeast Ohio. I received an Honorable Mention ribbon. The quilt is about 70 x 70. I used two battings, Warm & Natural on the bottom, and Quilter’s Dream Puff on top to get the trapunto look. Most of the fabrics are batik but some are cotton. I used King Tut variegated thread and So Fine for the pebbling.
My quilt is named
Myrtle Breach Memories II.
Lin, thanks SO much for sharing your beautiful quilt and story!
Readers, please be sure to leave a comment for Lin so when she checks back, she can read what you have to say.