Thursday, May 28, 2015

Improv quilt finish

I finally finished tacking back the binding on this heavy warm improv quilt, just in time for the 90 degree weather, ha ha.


Ta-da!

Willing teenaged helpers... this was early this morning before school!  Thirty seconds, boys, I promise!


Twenty five years of scraps...


(A piece of Liberty.... some homespun from that year 2000 log cabin... there's the backing from Noelle's star quilt... there's some yellow tenugui..... )

(And there's a 1990 blue floral stripe.... a favorite alphabet novelty... a piece of one of David's shirts... you get the idea!)

Tied with indigo dyed sashiko thread...

Two layers of batting, and a thick flannel backing...


A utilitarian homespun quilt... maybe someday with use and many washings, and gentle care, it will be in the realm of "wabi sabi"... 


10 comments:

  1. Your quilt will be so warm & full of memories.

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  2. Now this is my kind of quilt! I just love using scraps with so many memories attached. The first quilt I ever made (at age 9) was a mix of cottons, wools, etc. from outfits my mother had made for me (and my sisters). My 4-H leader at the time said it wasn't proper to use different weights of fabrics in a quilt. Good thing I didn't listen to her as I am still making them 50 years later! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I think it is so interesting to hear what people think is proper and not proper. One person's mistake is another's deliberate decision, and vice versa. Do you still have that first quilt you made?

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  3. Your quilt looks so warm and comfy! Great idea to use flannel on the back. I love that you've used so many sentimental pieces :)

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    1. Thank you Barbara. I haven't used flannel on the back of such a large quilt before. It definitely adds softness and weight. We will appreciate that about six months from now!

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  4. My book club quit has one block with bits from quilts I made for every one of my kids and grand-kids. Great job!

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    1. All of your quilts are thoughtful and sentimental Julie - you are an inspiration that way!

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  5. It is wonderful. All the stories in those scraps make it precious.

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  6. Ok..you are doing it...you are encouraging me on...this blog is total eye candy

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