Friday, September 12, 2014

Mary's Linens

Hi all! Hope you are warm because we are quite chilly. It was 42 degrees this morning. Winter is coming!

Congratulations to Sue, who won the Moda Grunge giveaway.  (I promise to learn how to paste the random number generator into these posts very soon.) Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and for visiting!

A special finish to tell you about here at the quilt room this week. Some of you may remember this post, which showed a finished top that incorporated some vintage linens embroidered by a woman from my husband's family. He and I have since decided that they must have been worked by his Aunt Mary, as they were in with her things. Now it's finally all quilted, and I finished stitching the binding this week, and now I am so happy to show it to you:


You may have noticed that it took several months for this little quilt to be quilted. It hung up in my sewing room for a long time while I thought very hard about how it should be quilted. I printed a picture of it and drew several quilting patterns in different places on the quilt, using different sheets of tracing paper to try out designs. They say that the quilt will tell you what it wants, but this one took a while to start talking.


I almost never give the quilting as much thought as I gave this. Usually I use pantos, meandering, or simple free motion quilting. That would not do for this baby. It needed something special.


I think it got it, don't you?

I am so happy with this piece. I was going to use it on the table, but the thought of food or something getting spilled on it is horrifying. I added a sleeve to the back and it now hangs in the entryway to the house. (Out of the sun!)  Most of the quilts I make I'm fairly pleased with, and they do keep people warm, but this is one of the few of which I am truly proud. I think this represents some of my best work.

On a completely different note, I also made an Orange Odd Fellow's block:


This is definitely NOT an heirloom, but quite cheerful anyway!

That's it from here friends! Our daughter is coming in for a friend's wedding, so we get to see her this weekend, which is seriously happy since she lives on the East coast. Lots to be happy about around here! Hope you all have a happy weekend too.

Linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict, crazy mom quilts, and SoScrappy. Stop by and wave hello!

17 comments:

  1. Wow, that has turned out well. I think you are right to be proud of your work.

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  2. Looks great! I love the idea to take a photo and draw possible designs on it for quilting.

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  3. Brillian solution for family treasures! I have several boxes of similar creations from both my grandmothers, and I was thinking with some regret that hey actually do not have use in the modern household. But your solution made me rethink the whole! Thank you for inspiration!

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  4. Special work because of the thought involved from beginning to finish -- you should indeed be proud! It is truly lovely!

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  5. So beautiful. You can be very proud to have used your family embroidered treasures in such a creative way.

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  6. What a special quilt -- truly one to treasure.

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  7. Love they way you used the linens. A great way to enjoy them. Your odd fellow blocks look great in every color. I am looking forward to how you turn them into a top.

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  8. Love they way you used the linens. A great way to enjoy them. Your odd fellow blocks look great in every color. I am looking forward to how you turn them into a top.

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  9. all these oranges are very stimulating! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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  10. I have some crocheted doilies from my grandmother that my grandson thought I should put on a quilt, being they are special and old. Your quilt has given me inspiration to do it. Thanks.

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  11. I here to see your Orange block, It is looking good. Love the purple wall/ table center. You have do a great job on the quilting. Love the lacy center too.

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  12. both are wonderful, but the purple one is simply awesome. I love everything about it!!!

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  13. Wow! It's beautiful! You did good.
    Love the orange block, too. Like you, I mainly make quilts to keep people warm.

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  14. Lovely block and that little quilt is beautiful in purple.

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  15. I must have missed this post earlier! I Love the use of the family linens in this piece. Your quilting is gorgeous!

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  16. That quilting really is something special. I love this purple quilt and its use of heirloom fibers. www.quiltartbymegan.com

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