I did not start Chester Criswell at the beginning. Approximately 2.5 years ago, while nursing broken ribs and unable to sit at my sewing machine; desperate for something to do; I stumbled across the Chester Criswell blog, some 6 months after the first blocks were published.
12in blocks, large pieces, simple colour choices and an enjoyable afternoon reading the quilt story, I was wanting to know more.
I went to my stash, pulled out some red and green half metre pieces, a large piece of Quilter's Muslin, my silk threads, and thought I can do this! It didn't take long to realise that perhaps I might need some help to find an applique method which would suit me. Who knew there were so many ways to hand applique?
Block 2 - appeared twice in the original quilt.
My Chester Criswell Quilt journey started with Block 3. It really is the hand applique project where I managed to grasp the finer points, and, with the help of a one-on-one lesson from an expert at our now defunct 6-12 group, I had an "aha" moment where all the skills I had been taught previously came together and made sense. Once I had that revelation, I was on fire. I started to love watching the leaves, flowers and other shapes come to life under my fingers.
|Block 3 - appeared 3 times in the original quilt.|
|Block 5 (this was not my favourite to applique, but I was very pleased when it was finished.)|
The original Chester Criswell Quilt does live here in Australia. Sharon, who owns the quilt, has been able to trace her family history back to the USA along with the family stories which have been woven through time.
Chester Criswell Quilt information and patterns are available from here.