Thursday, May 5, 2016

Weaver Fever--TBT


Time to join Jenn over at A Quarter Inch From the Edge for another installment of Throw Back Thursday.  Today, let's travel back to the year 2010.  By this time I had pieced several quilts and decided it was time to try something a bit harder...enter the pattern Weaver Fever by Jackie Robinson.  This pattern appealed to me on several different levels.  One, someone assured me that although it looked like a complex quilt, the strip piecing was really quite easy with seams that didn't have to match up.  Two the design its self spoke to me.

I am from north central West Virginia.  I love my beautiful state and one thing most West Virginian's are very proud of are the West Virginia Mountaineers.  Be it West Virginia University's college football, basketball or, for my little family, the air rifle team, we bleed blue and gold.  We love our Flying WV symbol and the West Virginia Mountaineer.


So when I laid eyes on this pattern I thought it would be perfect to create  what I refer to as my West Virginia Quilt.  I set out to find shades of blue and gold that I thought best represented WVU's colors and began constructing the quilt.

One thing I remember best is that I used a ton of sandwich bags to keep my strip sets organized.  This was probably the first quilt that I took a picture of it's construction.


This is a picture of the quilt top after it was finished.  The hubs was nice enough to help model it for me.


I think he's actually standing on our bed holding it up for some reason.  This was before I gave any thought to what my pictures looked like.  As long as I snapped one, all was good.

According to my FaceBook posts, this quilt lived in UFO land for two years until I was brave enough to quilt it.  I was getting better at stippling so I chose to meander all over the quilt using a blue and yellow variegated thread.  I have to say I'm pretty proud of the quilting job I did on this one.


And here's another one of Miss Maggie checking the quit out right after quilting.  Bless her heart, she wasn't gray in the muzzle then and both of her little ears stood up like huge saucers on her head.


I had kind of forgot about this quilt until last week.  When my husband started working out of town, he took it with him.  Since it wasn't being used at home he decided the WVU quilt could live with him at work when he was gone.  He just recently brought it back home with him.  I started to fold it and put it away and realized, duh, TBT.  So here are a few up-to-date pictures of the quilt...since I try to put more thought into photographing my quilts.


A better picture of the fabrics.


And a picture of the quilting from the back.




This concludes my little jaunt into my quilting past for the month.  And it feels good to write about my quilty past and not have a single negative thing to say about it.  Just happy memories of making this quilt and seeing those bright colors that bring so much pride.

Today I'm liking up with Jenn's Throw Back Thursday Linky Party.  If you have a quilt from your past you'd like to share, hop over and link up and if you have time please check out everyone's posts.  It's so refreshing to see we all have a quilting past, good, bad and otherwise.


Today I'm linking up with TGIFFCan I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Throw Back Thursday and Let's Bee Social.

17 comments:

Cheryl said...

Great throwback quilt. I really like the picture of the quilt against the grass with the yellow flowers having the same color as the quilt.

Jayne said...

It really is a great design that I can see in so many different prints and color versions! You should be proud of it! How fun that you got to take updated pictures of it, if only we could do that with all our TBT quilts. It's also nice to see that a quilt from our past is still being used...exactly as it should be!

JanineMarie said...

I love everything about this quilt, but especially that the design looks so complex with the "simple" piecing. Don't you just love sandwich bags as a tool? It's so neat that your husband decided to put it to good use. This post is an amazing showcase of your photography journey, too!

kupton52 said...

Your quilt is lovely...what kind of thread did you use? The variegated blue and yellow works so well. Now as a fellow West Virginian I must tell you I bought the Weaver Fever booklet years ago but haven't made one yet. I'm thinking green, black and white...lol (my husband and I met at Marshall University 45 years ago- he and 8 of his 11 siblings graduated from Marshall and our 2 oldest daughters received undergrad and Master's degrees there as well.) We bleed green! You've inspired me, Tish!

Lin said...

What a great pattern - I love the movement in your beautiful quilt. xx

Nancy J said...

Lovely story, stippling, and that your man took the quilt with him, that says so much about him and the quilt.Super fabrics for the pattern too.

Sandra Walker said...

Okay something is in the air with TBT today! Blue and yellow for one. State or in my case, province tribute quilts for another. Stippling or meandering, and with variegated thread! I love blue and yellow, and this quilt is one I want to make! What a cool method. I love love that 'the hubs' is not only the model for this quilt, but took it with him, awwww! I am in awe of your photgraphy skills, Tish! That first one, with the horizon off to the right, on an angle--!! So different, so amazing...

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

This is a great quilt, and I love the design and the colors. It's a wonderful throwback post Tish. I think it's wonderful your hubby still uses the quilt - that's why we make them, right? Great job!

Stitchin At Home said...

What a lovely quilt, the blue and yellow go together beautifully. I need to work on my photo skills, yours are great.

the zen quilter said...

/I really like this quilt, especially the darker yellow and blue edges - it gives it a real pop. And the colors are terrific. I love the story behind it too. It's still really bright and doesn't look at all faded for being seven years old! Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

Lovely story. I'm also looking back at older quilts and with a bit of time and distance I lose a bit of the criticism and find myself thinking "not bad, in fact quite good".

Sarah@123quilt said...

Lovely throwback quilt. It's nice to hear that it still gets used!

Paige said...

Tish, great quilt! I can relate to hanging in UFO land and not being confident to quilt something. The variegated thread was the perfect choice.

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

Isn't it funny how our photography styles change almost as much as our quilting styles? I'm glad your husband was/is able to give this quilt some love recently. Too many of my older quilts just sit on shelves! Thanks for linking up with Throwback Thursday @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

M-R Charbonneau said...

Nicely done! Love the bright colours, Tish. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Shannon said...

I love this quilt! Not only the colors, but the pattern too.

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

I was born in Parkersburg, WV, and my dad was born and raised in Charleston. I can definitely see how the pattern appealed to you and I can see WVU in the piecing. :)

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