Friday, December 12, 2008

Why Quilts?

Above is a quilt I pieced and mostly machine quilted last year (the spots are sun spots). I did the applique in the two end segments and hand-quilted a cross hatch around them. This is not the applique that was on the original pattern...I did not care for the original very much.

In the quilt center, I used cream thread and machine-quilted a loop pattern all over except in the red 4-piece squares on point. I hand quilted a square within a square in each of them. I used the same print for the backing as the binding...a dark green with red leaf shapes.

Just when I thought the quilt was finished, I realized that I could not be happy with the machine quilting. I could not for the life of me get the thread tension perfect so that the cream did not show from the back (on the dark green) and the dark green bobbin thread did not show on the light cream fabric on the front. Although it seems like it will take forever, I plan to unsew all the machine quilting and hand quilt diagonal lines on it. I've already done a corner. It's going faster than I would have thought it would. If I don't do it, I'll forever be plagued with a quilt with dark green "polka dots" of thread on the front and cream ones on the back. I don't care if it takes another whole year, I've made up my mind.

Above is a close-up of the border. Because I haven't seen my camera since we went to GA for Thanksgiving, I'm at the mercy of my sons. I am using their camera, and I cannot crop pictures. That means you get the view of my jumper edge and grey fleece slippers. You're welcome.

I used a holly printed cream for all the background. The green chains and the quarter-square reds are all scrappy. If you've been reading here long at all, you know that scrappy is my favorite!

Now on to the title of this post..."Why Quilts?" I've had a few adventurous readers suggest that they'd rather hear about my family that my quilt-making. They think that would be more interesting. Well, maybe it would.

I started a blog a little over a year ago. My initial reason was because Bonnie Hunter made me, LOL! I was participating in a mystery quilt she designed, and she forced me at rotary cutter point to post pictures of progress on my (then non-existent) blog. Once the mystery quilt was finished, I started sharing about the rest of my full life...children, DH, recipes, couponing, etc. I didn't want anyone to think that all I did was quilt. Because of the nature of blogs (being public and all), I didn't want to reveal too much personal information. That is the main reason that I don't post much about my children. The other is that most days I feel like I'm floundering as a wife and mother and don't want the world to know about it. But now you do.

~Off to join the masses once more...Joan


Anonymous said...

It's beautiful! I've never tried machine quilting before. I really want to learn, but I don't get much time to sit at the sewing machine. Hand sewing is so much more portable! Do you know I completely forgot to take a picture of Grandma E's quilt before I gave it to her? I plan to get a pic the next time we visit. I'm just not used to having someone that wants to see what I've been up to! Good luck with taking out all those stitches. I did that on one block of her quilt and it took forever! Anyway, the quilt is gorgeous.

MARCIE said...

This quilt turned out awesome! I really love your quilts! You have that gift for color and layout, etc. Apparently needlework as well! The applique is great!

momtofatdogs said...

I'm very thankful that you started a blog, Joan!
And your quilt is beautiful.


Rose Marie said...

Love this quilt and what you did with the border. If this is a pattern from McCall's magazine, I know what you mean about the applique border in the mag. I have this pattern earmarked to do ... with a different border as well.

I have ripped out machine quilting that had been done and turned back to my hand quilting for the look that I love so much. Never ripped out a whole quilt, mind you. If you are not happy with something, you will never use the quilt. You got to do what will make you happy.

Anonymous said...

That looks beautiful mommy!