I just added a brand-new pattern to my website: Sentinel.
This is a quilt that Heather Purcell (aka Mother Superior of Superior Threads) and I designed together. We wanted a quilt that would be easy to piece with lots of open areas for quilting to showcase Superior's threads.
I am lucky to have Heather as a "partner-in-crime" in my quilting life. She has amazing ideas and great color sense, and I always enjoy spending time at the computer designing quilts with her. Even better, she often makes the quilt and sends it to someone amazing to have it quilted, as she did with this quilt.
Sentinel was expertly quilted by Jennifer Pate of Logan, Utah. Jennifer used the trapunto technique to give added dimension to the paisley designs in the open areas. (Visit my website for more detailed images of the quilting on Sentinel.)
In this technique, one or more layers of batting (usually a high-loft polyester) are stacked below the quilt top. The trapunto motif is stitched onto the fabric using water soluble thread. Extra batting is then trimmed away from the stitching.
Then the quilt top, batting and backing are layered as usual and quilted, with the trapunto motifs being re=stitched through all the layers.
After all the quilting is complete, water is used to remove the water soluble thread. If your backing has not been pre-washed, the resulting shrinkage can create an even more pronounced trapunto effect.
I'm always intrigued by how quilts and patterns get their names, so I thought I would share the story behind Sentinel's name.
As Heather worked on this quilt and updated me on its progress, she referred to it as "you know, the newspaper quilt." (If you're as old as me, you'll remember the old joke: What's black and white and red all over? A newspaper!)
Of course, I always knew exactly which quilt she was talking about, but when it came time to name the pattern, I just didn't feel that name really fit such a stunning quilt.
However, the newspaper idea led me to think of my favorite newspapers. Top on my list has to be the Sitka Sentinel, a wonderful little daily newspaper published in Sitka, Alaska. It's a very small home-owned newspaper but it does an amazing job of covering world and national news in addition to all the local news. (Their police blotter is always a great read!)
Anyway, I suggested Sentinel as the name for the pattern, Heather liked it, and "Sentinel" it is!
We'll have this quilt at Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburg next week. If you'll be there, please stop by the Superior Threads booth to say hello and take a look.