|Breezy, not crooked quilt!|
I recall that it was fun collecting the blues, although I'm embarrassed to say that there are still snippets (and even a bit of yardage) left after all these years. In fact, some of them recently found themselves in my June blue crumb and butterfly blocks for Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I can't find a photo of the back, but it is an interesting medium blue with a large navy floral design. It showed up again in this heating pad and on the back of this quilt here. Back when I made this quilt I was still hand quilting, which explains why it is a small wall quilt. If it was larger, they might still be waiting for it.) I outline quilted the geese and other patches, and then because I had centered the floral motif in the borders, I quilted around all of the flowers and leaves, which was a whole lot easier than marking and quilting something else. I do not think I finished this in time to send for the wedding (we were not able to go), but I'm pretty sure I sent it by the time they got back from their honeymoon. Here's the funny thing: they did not get the bedspread they had registered for. It was no longer available. So, they ended up designing their room around the quilt I had sent. I always wonder what that bedspread would have looked like.
Since, I'm on the subject of wedding gift quilts, here are a couple more. I made this first one for my cousin and her husband for their wedding in September 1984. And yes, I still have snippets of some of these fabrics, too.
This one is about 30 inches square.The Kaleidoscope blocks are 6 inches square set 3 by 3 with a wedge inner border. I still have some scribbled notes in a file. As usual, they are almost completely incomprehensible.
You can see that I tried to carefully plan for how much fabric I needed of each color. I still do that. So, why do I always have so many scraps??
Templates! I still wasn't rotary cutting when I made this. Looks like I needed to work on my spelling skills, too.
A quilting plan.
And a more detailed quilting plan, along with more notes on cutting fabrics. As you can see, I "named" fabrics to help me keep them separate. I still do that.
Here's the back, with one of my favorite low volume prints ever. I don't think I have any of that one left.
I'm not sure why I laid it sideways on the ground.
And one more quilt. This one was for my niece J and her husband S in June 2003. I had made a different colorway of that quilt earlier that year for the wedding of a nephew and his wife. You can see that one here.
This one was also to match a bedspread. As with the other quilt of the same design, I have no notes. It is probably about 30 inches square. Again, hand quilted with outlining and my own vine design zigzagging in the stripped triangles and straight around the borders. I must have really enjoyed making it if I made two in one year. I'm sure it went together very fast, which was probably a factor.
These quilts all have something in common. I wanted to make quilts for family as gifts, but I had to work within the time constraints at that time of my life. So they are all wall quilts, planned to fit the decor of the homes of the recipients. I still like to make quilts to complement decor when I can. My quilts don't have a lot of symbolism, although I do like to make them to fit the tastes of recipients. But in recent years, I like to make quilts for the cuddle quality--mostly throw quilts, and occasionally, bed quilts. I can do that because of machine quilting and a lot more flexibility in my time, and for that, I am grateful..
These quilts were all pieced on my Singer Featherweight, layered with polyester batting for ease of quilting, and quilted with several different fairly hefty cotton hand quilting threads.
Now it's time to celebrate a certain birthday. I hear there will be fireworks. My celebration will be muted this year. I love my country, but not the current state of affairs, which is a big cause for concern.