Monday, October 31, 2005


A quilt top from 1945...
Just finished this quilt for a client. She made this top about 50 years ago and is just now getting it quilted. Made me feel better about the quilt tops I have only had around for 10 years or so... (She wanted a pantograph. It must be the age. I think that when you grow up in the Depression, anything that looks like it came off an assembly-line must look fancy and store-bought and expensive. I did a good job on it, but I would have enjoyed free-handing it. But it does get the job done faster, so I won't complain too loudly. I really think that it is a shame to machine quilt a hand-pieced quilt. Blasphemous, I know. But while I haven't the time or the inclination to hand-quilt, myself, it doesn't mean I don't appreciate the real stuff.) This client's son had a very kind comment about my work. When my husband called him to verify her address, he said he was sorry to hear that I was quitting the quilting business. He said he knew several quilters but that I was the only one he'd trust with the old quilts. Now I thought that was nice. Not so nice I'm tempted to reconsider, but it does make a difference doing quilts for folks that are appreciative. I just really want to do quilts that I want to do- not just quilts that I have to do and sometimes it seems like I get all used up on the "have-to" quilts and I don't have much to offer to the "want-to" quilts. Does that make sense? Sometimes you just have to be a brat and do what you want to do!

6 comments:

Sarah said...

Nines - Love this quilt! Of course - it is yellow. How often does he send you quilts?

Miss you!

Love, Sarah

Finn said...

Hey nines, a high five for putting what you need to do first this time! Hard to do, but good to leave the theater on a high note...I love the quilt.

Darcie said...

...he was sorry to hear that I was quitting the quilting business....

I'm speachless, Nines!

I didn't know that you were even considering this...I must have missed something.

I have so much admiration for you, Nines...whether you're a quilter for hire or a quilter for heart...or both! Good luck to you!

I love the quilt!

(Oh...I'm hardly ever speachless for long, am I!)

Darcie

Tonya R said...

Ooh love this quilt. Congrats on just getting to work on what you want to work on.

Samantha said...

Wow, my UFOs don't seem quite so bad anymore. None go back that far. But, if I get to live a long life, I bet they will!

Way to go on the decision to put your own quilting first!

Sewcatherine said...

Thanks for sharing this one...It is wonderful.