I volunteered to be on the planning committee when they wanted to know if anyone could design an alphabet that was similar to the letters in the Stoney Creek Pattern: Stitching to the Music (we got permission to use this design in the quilt).
annual music festival held in September, celebrating Bristol's musical heritage and featuring country, gospel, bluegrass, and roots music.
I took the tree idea and drew it half the size we needed on taped together pieces of paper. We had it enlarged and passed this pattern on to Sue to applique the chosen fabrics on to the neutral background.
We then decided that we needed a "frame" of cross-stitched names of all the participants in the "1927 Bristol Sessions" . (The Bristol sessions were considered the "Big Bang" of modern country music. They were held in 1927 in Bristol, TN by Victor Talking Machine Company produced by Ralph Peer.) I charted all the names of the participants of these sessions and strips of the pinkish linen were handed out to volunteers to backstitch.
The next idea Nita had was to add another boarder with the words and music to "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" (often sung by the Carter Family). We received permission to use this as well. I adapted and charted an alphabet design I liked to the music that Marlene charted and we handed out sections of that to volunteers to stitch. This was one of the two sections that I stitched.
It seemed the quilt was growing by leaps and bounds and we were getting a little overwhelmed by the sheer size of it!
We turned the quilt over to an amazing machine quilter . . . not a long arm machine, but a regular sewing machine! Ann did a FABULOUS job stippling the background, a "bark" stitch on the tree, mirroring the musical staff, outlining the letters and individualizing each quilt block! At the EGA "stitch-in" we all gathered-round, hand stitched the binding on and admired our work!
On July 14th the EGA was invited to the museum for the dedication of the quilt and a preview of the museum (very impressive museum).
We had a nice reception! Nita explained our designing process and we had a photo shoot in the grand stairwell of the museum . . . we were on the local news . . . what a thrill to see our efforts come together so beautifully!
Have a wonderful stitching day! ~*