Monday, January 08, 2007

Baskets, Blooms, and Stars


This is a quilt that I just loved making. I bought it as a BOM and it came kitted up with the patterns and the fabrics for each of the twelve blocks and also for the blue and yellow star cornerstones. I added the tan lattice and the border and the binding fabrics. Each block was bonded and then hand buttonhole stitched over each and every raw edge.
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I find the hand buttonholing very relaxing. I did several of the blocks at Chautauqua the second year we were there. I'd spend an hour or so in the morning either cutting and bonding the design elements for the block or machine piecing the borders. Then I'd sit at the Amphitheatre during lectures and concerts doing the buttonhole stitch.
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Kat did the machine quilting for me and I was just thrilled with her creativity. I really like this finished quilt, but it doesn't belong in my home. It doesn't go with our decorating style and it doesn't fit a bed. It's a journey quilt rather than a destination quilt, if you follow my train of thought; that is, it was the process of making it that brought me joy and satisfaction, not the having of the finished product.
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But it is somebody's style, and all of the work that went into it will be appreciated by a recipient. Ben is likely to get married in a year or two. So is Kendra (well, it will probably be longer than that for her). Either of them would be a good recipient for this quilt. Meanwhile, it will stay here and wait for its home.
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These pictures show close-ups of Kat's quilting. None of the pictures for this series is as sharp and clear as I wish. My camera and I are having "issues." Clicking on any of the pictures, though, should make it larger if you want a closer look.

7 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

Nancy, that is a lovely quilt. I am seriously going to do some applique this year.

Patti said...

Nancy, I know just what you mean. Many of my quilts are like that, and they no longer interest me now that they are completed. She certainly did do a beautiful job on the quilting!

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Angie said...

Wow, Nancy, that is a fabulous quilt! I LOVE it!! Someone will be very happy to receive that quilt...I wouldn't be able to part with that one if I had made it. ;0

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

A Journey Quilt, not a Destination Quilt. Ah, such an interesting and though provoking perspective... so much that's worthwhile is indeed, acquired in the journey. Great job!

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

I love your quilt. I couldn't part with that one. LOL

Thanks for visiting my blog and you simply must pull out your "Rabbits Prefer Chocolate" patterns and work with me! :-)

Cheryl said...

What a great quilt...I can see why you loved making it! You've been busy!

pamina (laurence) said...

Waow, I love all these baskets full of flowers, all different ! I understand why you had fun making it !