So this weekend, and for the past at least two weeks, every day has been 98 to 100 degrees or more. Did I go outside? Are you nuts!? Of course not. Not even with the lake beckoning me. No, I stayed indoors and took a little "me" time to do some quilting of my own projects. This little number above is for a not-yet-born baby girl, due September 1, daughter of some young friends in our tiny town. If you click on the picture, you can see it in a much larger size.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Yesterday Myrt from my guild came by with bags of donated cotton fabric from an elderly lady who was going into a nursing home. Among the various treaures were five pastel 15" Dresden Plate blocks, which I combined with some of my fabric stash to create this small throw for the chemo patients at our local hospital. Now to quilt it -- I have selected an off white flannel for the backing because I heard that chemo patients often feel chilled as if they can't regulate their temperature at times. I hope this quilt is a comfort to someone.
This is Sue Bennett's quilt that she was gracious enough to give to me to quilt for her. Isn't it beautiful?
In the middle of the quilt is a flag. I quilted the Pledge of Allegiance in the red stripes.
In the next picture you can see a side view of the quilt showing one of the outer borders with feathered half circles in them. These feathered triangles alternate with busy print triangles in which I placed an orange skin (continuous curve) pattern.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Russell Samson sits by Gloria's quilt
I had an interesting occurrence last year. I got a call from a lady named Gloria Samson, asking me if I would do the quilting for her on a quilt top that she had finished but did not have enough time to quilt. She was referring to the fact that she had terminal lung cancer and despite chemo and radiation, she now had less than 6 months to live. The quilt was for a Christmas present for her daughter.
I accepted the job, which was a double wedding ring quilt. When I brought it back to her, she wanted it bound as well -- not my favorite thing to do, so I asked my quilt guild if they would like to participate in the binding as a charity for Gloria. They would, and they did, and when she saw it, she cried.
She tried to press upon me the quilt you see above as a thank you. She had already paid me for the quilting on the DWR, and when I saw how unusual this one was, I knew I could not accept it as a gift. I have never seen one like this before or since! The baskets are scrappy, and the handles are pointed at the tops. I told her that it needed to stay in her family. She had hand quilted 3/4 of it herself, but her failing health made this a project destined to remain unfinished, since I prefer not to do hand quilting. However, I told her that I would ask the women in my guild if anyone was interested in completing the quilting for her.
Til Tremper, a diminutive, energetic lady in the guild, had a special interest in hand quilting, and she organized a group of women who took turns doing this labor intensive work. Till did not want remuneration for her effort. She regarded it as a labor of love and a chance to hone her skills and those of the other budding hand quilters.
Over several months (October to May), these ladies gave of their time and efforts when they could, and finally the quilt was finished, including the binding. Yesterday I took it to Gloria's husband, Russell, who was overwhelmed by the workmanship. He smoothed the quilt lovingly as he took in the beautiful stitching and then was lost in reverie for a moment.
He says he is going to use it on his bed. They had been married over 40 years. I know he must miss her. I think he likes the idea that through the quilt, Gloria is with him, enfolding him and continuing to give him comfort in this way.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Do you recall that some time ago I planted one tomato plant and one basil plant? It was an act of faith. I believed that they would live, despite my reputation for having the blackest thumb around. Slowly and carefully, watered and semi-shaded, the plants have grown. Here are some pictures of them:
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
I tried her out and was very pleased with her performance, but it seemed a bit tedious to have to refer to the markings on the needle plate to gauge the quarter inch, so I rummaged around on ebay and found a good quarter inch foot for her that doesn't have that doggone flange on the side as a guide. I hate these when I'm doing half square triangles and the like, but they're good if you're just sewing along a raw edge.
Another thing I finally finished was hanging curtains in my studio. We have lived in this house now for three years, and I don't have curtains up anywhere but in the bathrooms and the guest bedrooms. Our bedroom looks out on the lake and is on the main floor, which reads as the second floor if you look at the house from the lake. So we don't have communication with any other public rooms or windows that could look in on us, and we just haven't bothered to figure out what we want yet. But here's a shot of the couch and curtains in the studio now. One room down, five to go.