In Prairie Quilt Guild, my guild in Wichita, traditionally the past president is in charge of making a quilt for the outgoing president with the help of the rest of the Board. It was my job this year to come up with a quilt for Gail. Because she loves old quilts and studies their history, I chose to make an antique-style signature quilt.
The Board members made the star signature blocks and I did the rest. Most of the fabric comes from Barbara Brackman's Lately Arrived from London fabric line. The center medallion I found at Reproduction Fabrics.
I wanted the look of trapunto without the hassle of cut - away trupunto or the heft of two batts. So I cheated and just cut strips of wool batting which I then glued with Elmer's purple school glue stick to the back of the quilt in the borders where I wanted the feathers to stand out. I quilted heavily around the feathers and since I only used wool batting, it doesn't feel stiff. Some times cheating pays off!
I was not able to be at the meeting yesterday when she received the quilt - I hope she likes it!