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.
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