Friday, December 16, 2005

Well, it's 3:30am and I still can't sleep...
This is another of my very first quilts. My second peiced one. My first scrappy one. This was in the same magazine as the red school house quilt and I thought it looked like a lot of fun. Figured that if I couldn't do it, I'd just play around with the different blocks in it. There were so many, that I thought I'd try to complete one, a day. That's when I discovered how much fun it can be to play with things like that for short little bursts, without making a huge time-commitment out of things. I had five busy little boys, at that time, and I'd get frustrated if I tried to work for very long. So this was a really fun quilt to do. It was also my first experience with applique. The angel was done like Eleanor Burns suggested(I seem to mention her quite a lot, but, back then, she really was the only quilter you could watch on public television. There weren't many other books out there. And I still think she's brilliant. Maybe a bit kooky, but in a nice sort of way.)- sewing two layers together and then turning, and blind stitching it down. I didn't care for the end results so much as they tended to be bulky and it seemed to muddle the detail. The horn, I just needle-turned and wow! was that ever fun and I really liked how flat it sat on the quilt. By the time I got to the WELCOME, I was having a lot of fun with applique and it is still something that I enjoy- even if my results are mediocre. The fishy on the right side, had a frontal lobotomy. Poor dear. Had his eye pulled off and it created a little rip. I have been intending to applique a set of fins on him and give him a prosthetic eye... but another thing I have yet to get to. Hmmm... could be a pattern... nah. My favorite thing about this quilt is the border. I usually don't mess with peiced ones, but I loved this one. All those little squares were sewn together, one at a time. I had the boys take turns sitting next to me and putting them right sides together and then handing them to me. Some of them got sewn wrong-side up, but that's ok. This is also my first try at quilting. I did a lot of stitch-in-the-ditch, and then I even hand-quilted in some of the spaces. There are some areas I've been meaning to... oh, bugger bombs... it is a pattern.


Finn said...

You did an absolutely awesome job way back then!!! I love it! It has the look of many of the old Country Threads patterns. I agree, I love the border best too! WHat a great help you had from the little ones! Gives them such a sense of accomplishment.

I was reminded of "orphan quilts". It's really the same principal, except you already have all the blocks(or most of them) left over from other quilts. Or maybe it's just me that has them...LOL. Funny that it took me so long to realize what I like about this type of quilt...*VBS* You did great!!

Have you heard any more from Sarah about her Grandmother?

Dawn said...

This is such a cute quilt! I agree with Finn - it very much looks like the old Country Threads patterns - I still like them today!

Tropical Screamer said...

I hope you're enjoying a good night's sleep tonight Nines. I usually stay awake two and sleep one.

Your quilts are so wonderful. It's so hard to believe that it is your second pieced quilt. It's one of those fun ones that you can visit several times and see something different each time.

Thank you so much for sharing.


Lucy said...

Ohhh I love this sampler so much.You was very talented when you start quilting!