Have you ever had a quilting project that just didn't seem to want to get done? When none of the stars (not those on the quilt but in the heavens) aligned ?
I committed to make another set of paraments for the church to go on the pulpit and lectern. (I should be committed, but that's another story.) Several months ago I realized it was nearing time to change to purple for the Advent season and I was void of inspiration. Then, when looking through some pattern books, this Peg Bingham pattern fell out from between the pages.
Talk about Serendipity! BUT, the pattern is for a full-scale quilt and I needed to size it down considerably. First I graphed it out on paper, allowing each square to be one inch.
That first iteration came to 29" and the pulpit is barely 23" wide! (It's a small church ...) I changed the scale to .75"/square and it was still too big. So I eliminated a row of squares in each direction through the center (the squiggly line) and also shortened the sides and top by one row. By now I couldn't tell heads from tails; I needed a better graph but couldn't find my composition book of graph paper. Off to Staples for a replacement.
I let the design stew in the back of my mind while I searched for the "perfect" purple. In my mind it needed to be close to the store-bought set we currently have or some individuals in the congregation might object (you know how that goes). I finally found fabric I thought would work.
In the meantime I worked out a new graph based on .75"/square.
But life intervened; suddenly I'm weeks away from the first Sunday in Advent (November 28) and I can't find the pattern or my new graph. I frantically sent out a call for anyone who could send me in the direction of a source for the pattern as Peg is no longer living. By the time a friend of Peg's responded, I had found my pattern and graph on the kitchen/bar counter (really???).
Not happy with my selection of metallic golds, but with time running out, I started cutting. I was very meticulous with my stitching because so much can go wrong with all those tiny pieces. This is my progress to date.