Yesterday I sent my latest quilt off to meet its destiny. I handquilted it, so it had become a good friend. When I finish knitting a sweater, I cannot stand to look at it for a while. I’m over that sweater. Quilts are not like that. The more time I spend with a quilt, the more I like it, warts and all.
I would like to thank Janet Bolton for the powerful inspiration, and apologize to her if I’ve gotten her all wrong or copied her style too directly. Thanks to Janet Bolton, I have crossed “applique” off the list of Quilting Things I’m Not Interested In. Ditto for “handquilting”. The magic of handquilting is how the surface of the quilt is transformed before your eyes. It makes the colors change too. I can’t explain this. It seems to change the play of light, sort of a dapple effect.
(I still love sending a quilt out for machine-quilting. When you get it back, it’s like, “Hey! Somebody made me a QUILT! How come they didn’t bind it?”)
The quilt is for a baby, represented by a small bird in a wood-grain nest. (AW!)
Baby seems fine with his depiction.
Baby’s initial and the Eiffel Tower. Eiffel Tower was cut from a souvenir dishtowel. It symbolizes the hope that Baby will go on many trips and wait in long lines for famous tourist attractions, at least the ones that are worth waiting in long lines for (and the quilter believes that the Tour Eiffel qualifies).
Dad bird got his initial. (Quilter is sentimental. Quilters have that prerogative. If you want to see corny, Mom bird fabric is a Liberty print with knitting needles on it. Double AW!)
This little quilt really helped me with my skills. I feel like I could teach a class in the double-fold binding now. (Signups will be posted!) I love doing that part. My free-hand quilting has also gotten about as far as it’s likely to get, given my love of the random and the imperfect. I don’t think I’ll ever cross “marking a complicated quilting pattern” off my list of quilting things I’ll never do. I’m too seat-of-the-pants for that. If I want a perfect quilting job, I’ll get it machine-quilted. There are many things I’d have done differently, design-wise, but I have so little time for quilting that I’ve made an executive decision not to indulge in do-overs. I do my best and move on.
Another quilting thing I said I’d never do was “buy an old quilt top on Etsy”.
The rest of this weekend is all about the knitting. Monteagle Bag and picking the yarn for my Belinda Wrap, which is going to be hard–probably the hardest thing about that project.
Happy weekend, everybody!