I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
It's here! It's spring! It's snowing! Actually, it's a chilly but sunny spring day today but we did have a wintry day on the official vernal equinox. In spite of that I was cheery with my new quilt I bought from Bellwether Dry Goods. I've talked about Bellwether's quilting service in other posts but this time I could not resist a Bellwether made quilt appropriately named, "Vernal Equinox."
It is a new-made quilt from vintage fabrics hand quilted by a woman from their network of Amish and Mennonite quilters. I love the combo of piecing and applique. Doesn't it just look like spring?
I took advantage of our late snowstorm to finally finish a few small quilts that just needed their binding. The two "big" ones were quilted by Bellwether and I did the little one. I love a hand quilted quilt - no matter what size it is.
This "T" quilt was a kit from Temecula Quilt Company. I tried taking a picture of the back so you can see the hand quilting.
This red and green four patch has some "issues." Notice how it is a bit off center? Apparently, I need to take that "measure twice, cut once" maxim more seriously. I didn't realize until I was rounding the last corner of binding that I made one side at least 1/2" bigger than the other side. At that point I needed to decide whether to take off the whole binding and cut the quilt or leave it. No real decision at that point. I left it. Of course, it bugs me now but this quilt is destined to be displayed folded. I also think the corners need some diagonal lines quilted into them to get rid of the poochy looking fabric. Right now, however, I just don't want to look at this one.
Another one of these. I just keep making them because they are such a good way to use up those last little bits of fabric. I've already got another one ready to be basted and quilted.
I'm binding one last little quilt. I told Mother Nature I can get it done without her help. Hopefully, there will be more to post soon.