Americana Tavern Signs Quilt
Although I just started on this a few weeks ago I feel like saying "it's FINALLY done!". I bought this fabric a few years ago - that's part of the reason. Then I got bogged down after I finished the tiny stippling around the signs and it took a couple idle weeks before I picked it up again to complete the quilting and binding. I still have a few of the teal diamonds to applique on, but wanted to get pictures posted. It's a gift for my DH Jim; something he can nap with or take in the RV without worry about getting it dirty of smoky from a campfire. It's meant to be a manly man quilt.
It's 60"x60" - just right for the bed on an RV. The center is an uncut print of old tavern signs. The star blocks around the edges are paper pieced. The back is flannel - in the same print as the mahogany leaf print on the front, which is not flannel. The quilting thread is variegated which looked perfect before I started but now I wish I had used a solid brown. Oh well.
The flannel backing wasn't quite big enough so I expanded it with red batik for the star points and more of the light leaf fabric from the front. The label block in the center of the star is pieced with many tiny pieces, mostly from scraps of the tavern signs. I think this is my favorite quilt back and I'm sure I'll use this giant star pattern again.
Center detail: I stippled around the signs but didn't quilt on them, making them stand out and look puffier.
With a fabric pen I added a quotation by Samuel Johnson from the 1700's: "There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern." The name of this quilt is So Much Happiness.