Monday, May 7, 2012

stitching away....

I'm still stitching, however, what I'm not doing is keeping the this site up to date.

I can't believe that the last time I posted on the MMS was in August - and here it is May of the next year!

In October I finished the quilt seen above - unlike most quilts I make this one I kept.  We needed a new living room lap quilt to replace the one I made twenty years ago.   With almost daily use by people (and species) of all ages,  and countless washings, the previous living room quilt has seen better days.

The new living room quilt is a simple design - the pattern is adapted from Kim Schaefer's book Cozy Modern Quilts

A few years ago Windham Fabrics created a line of solids that were inspired by the quilts of Gee's Bend - this quilt is made using these fabrics.  Unfortunately I think the line of fabrics is discontinued - which as every quilter knows is very common. I'd love to get my hands on more of the solids from this line.

As to the particulars the quilt measures approximately 60" X 64" is machine stitched and a field of stars of varying sizes are hand quilted over the entire quilt.   As with the fabric the batting is 100% cotton.

In late April a nephew married as a present I made him and his new bride a  wall-hanging to commemorate the occasion.  As is my norm with these wedding wall hangings the colors for the intersecting rings reflect the couple's favorite colors.

The saying and names are stitched in a contrasting yellow cotton thread - the other hand-stitching on the quilt is done in black thread - this photo was taken before I rubbed out the chalk marks; if you look  closely you can see the stitch design in the black inner area of the quilt.

I think these are the only two projects I've completed between late August and now - however, I have been busy. I have a large memory/healing quilt project underway - more on that for another post. I am also wrapping up a  quick simple quilt for baby due in June for a friend who is due. I just received a commission for another baby quilt - for a little boy born last year. My client gave the little boy's sister a magical mouse quilt as a gift when she was born and turns out my client learned that the baby's mom said she would like the new child to have a magical mouse quilt. I love when my quilts become part of a family tradition!

1 comment:

Randeep said...

Oh, I love the colors for your new keeper quilt, too, Kim! Looks cozy!