As you know, the Frenchtown quilt was pushed along by me because we had an upcoming house tour to benefit the Historic Frenchtown Association. For the tour brochure, I featured my watercolor illustrations of 13 houses/buildings on the tour. In addition to painting one house as a backup, I added a couple more buildings such as the Franklin School and the Eberling Tin Shop to the final quilt.
Putting the final quilt together in Adobe Illustrator was not difficult. I decided that, since bolts of cotton came from Spoonflower in 42″ bolts, I should make an 84″x 84″ quilt–just the size for the top of a king-sized bed. I sewed two stretches of fabric together, front and back and believed the worst of it was done. Right? Wrong!
I discovered that the time consuming part, as any experienced quilter might tell you, was the actual quilting. I did not have a long arm, just YouTube and a good old sewing machine. My deadline was June 2– the weekend of the house tour, so that gave me something to work toward.
The funny thing about this quilt was that it is my first quilt. I was struck by this quilt idea almost immediately after moving into our home last September. I had never sewn a quilt before, yet as I did it, it felt as though I had done it before. Whether I was channeling my mother, who I’m sure might have quilted in her lifetime, or some other previous resident of 1001 N. 3rd Street, I cannot say. But it was a very strange feeling indeed–to feel I had done something I had clearly never actually done before. Weird.
Suffice it to say, I finished the quilt! Prior to the tour, I hung it outside our French Colonial home, hoping any curious passers-by might stop and read the sign below promoting the house tour. During the house tour, I displayed it on our king-sized bed.
After the tour, I placed it with my watercolor exhibit currently running at the Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center at 1121 N. 2nd Street. So I attached it with clothespins to the top of an art panel. It’s not a fancy quilt rack, but it’ll do in a pinch. Thanks, Marsha Adams for helping me to get it up there!
If you’re in Frenchtown, please stop by the museum. Every print and note card sold benefits the museum. There’s lots of cool other stuff to see there, too. Photos of old homes, an old fire truck, a caboose you can tour, an entire Frenchtown diorama of turn-of-the-century Frenchtown made by Jerry Boshears. So don’t stop at the quilt. There’s plenty of Frenchtown history for everyone!
Thanks for visiting,