Started at a quilt retreat at a Montana dude ranch in 2004, finished on New Years 2019. Each time I went to the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch near Yellowstone, I started two projects, each taught in classes with Georgia Bonesteel and Charlotte Warr Andersen. A few I never finished, and some I finished independently. Then I got the idea to put several into one quilt...it turned out queen sized. Techniques included needle turned appliqué, fused and machine stitched appliqué, layered appliqué with wash-away thread, strip piecing, strip piecing with Grid Grip, hand piecing, paper piecing, etc. The hand-pieced eagle took years to finish, as I got frustrated working on the talons. One photo shows the stitching on the backside of the eagle. In early 2018, I put it all together and had it custom long armed by a talented friend. I finished the last stitches in the binding at the beginning of 2019.
Truly a labor of love. I bought this fabulous kit from Ricky and changed out the background fabric for a very different look. So much stitching! I scheduled a couple of “at home” retreats over the summer and had my friends keep me company. Brandy Rayburn did her magic quilting and the result is pretty amazing. Finishing this project got me motivated to finish my first Rhapsody that I started 10 years ago in La Veta with Ricky’s guidance. And off I go again!