A blog about my life and quilts especially! This plaid quilt was made by me...pattern by Evelyn Sloppy in her Strings book!!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Of quilts past, present and future
It is kind of an introspective day for me today.. I have been rummaging through the house, sorting, putting things into the donate pile, put away pile, throw away pile. I found these blocks above. In the earlier days of my quilting, I just knew that every project HAD to be complex, and of course, everything had to be hand quilted for sure. And I did just that! I guess I was making these Mariner's stars for each season...and fizzled out. I have no clue about what to do with them now. Poly batting...hmmmm....now I have different tastes, and when the scrappy bug hit...the complexities of patterns gave way to the myriad of color, from which there may be no going back!
I again am looking at my Flower Garden quilt. It was hanging on the blue hanger in the upper left corner of the picture. This is the first larger quilt I appliqued, all needle turn. I do love it, and really, really want to hand quilt this one. So I need to get after it, because Times a wastin'! as granny used to say...
Hey, guess what I found at the antique store? Buy the way, everything was on sale at the big antique store near me. I found this quilt top for $39.95. It is entirely hand pieced, and done beautifully. See how someone has cut away the bottom, crookedly? The dealer, no doubt, cutting away a very worn edge.
It is also dingy and worn...the fabrics are very thin and fragile. I think it may have been used as a bedspread, because it has definitely been washed and washed. Any guess on the age of this one? I did not need this...I guess I just wanted to rescue it...what to do with it now???
And Rosie the poodle said, "Mommy, please show your Celtic Solstice quilt, all quilted!!" I love it...it is very soft and cuddly, and trimmed so I can put the binding on. Maybe a green binding??
There is the lure of new quilts, new ideas, new fabrics, always, but there is also the call of old projects, great ideas that never were finished, UFO's. Where are you in your process, and working with new or old projects?