PIECING TOGETHER AMERICA
One of my heroes is George Washington. When I found these George Washington printed blocks at the quilt show in Paducah, I had to have them. No idea what I would do with them then, but eventually some of them were worked into this wall hanging Piecing Together America.
I chose older looking fabrics in brown, blue, gray, and red to cut the 3″ squares from.
The first step was making the patchwork from 3″ squares. I choose to do 5 blocks by 6 blocks. I needed 2 of these sections.
Then I made 2 sections of patchwork 5 blocks by 5 blocks.
Then I added a gray border to 5 George Washington blocks. The borders are 1.75″ sewn on the sides and 2.25″ sewn on top and bottom. Sewn size of these blocks is 8.25″ x 12.25″.
The narrow printed blue border is 1.25″ sewn.
The outside paisley border is 3.5″ sewn.
The top was pieced in March 2021. It was machine quilted in an all over stipple design by RLM in Oct. 2021. Then it sat in the pile needing to be bound until recently. Piecing Together America finally has a binding and tag.
Finished size is 41″ x 48″.
I used what was on hand to make this quilt. There is no pattern. I did some very basic measuring of the George Washington block. And then pieced together the 3″ blocks into what looked right for where I wanted them.
Then I cut the gray border around the Washington block, purposely making it too wide. It is far easier to trim off extra fabric, then cut a piece too small and have to add fabric.
The narrow border is a “frame” around the sections and the outside. Then the final border was added.
It took some measuring and planning to get started. After that it was just following my idea. With measuring and planning, you could make a similar one for yourself.
The backing is leftovers. The binding is a William Morris reproduction print that looked right.
Be creative and have fun with your quilting projects. Enjoy the journey.
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