Today’s post is about two quilts. Maybe three if you count the amazing quilting on BOTH sides of one of them. Ok, we’ll make that 2 1/2 quilts.
The end of March, my kiddo Tara, and their partner, Brynnen, came to visit for a real visit. This time no masks and we were indoors together and even hugged. It was blissful. Tara wanted to see me, but also wanted to work on a quilt. This is a new kind of project for T. Their very first quilt ever is not quite done, but will be finished soon because Tara was picking up some fabric for that quilt that I had at my house. In the meantime, they had started this new quilt. So the one you see here is Tara’s second quilt attempt ever, and since it’s done before the other one, it’s their first completed quilt ever. I am so impressed and I think you will be too.
So humor me while I brag about it. 🙂
This is the first I’ve ever seen that has the piecework of quilting on both sides. Usually someone puts most of the work into one side, then chooses an appropriate back that is often a single piece of fabric. Tara is making the quilt for a friend and couldn’t decide on which theme was best, and ended up putting pieces together on both sides. The friend likes rainbow colours and also likes this animated TV show called Over the Garden Wall.
The front and back were done, and sewn together on three sides, like a pillow case. It was inside out though. First we attached the batting and sewed big loose stitches to keep it generally in place, then turned it right side out. Tara and Brynnen carefully flattened it and evened out the edges. Then we each took a needle with a big hole and threaded yarn through it. We sat on the floor, each working a different section, and sewed the yarn all the way through and back up, on every other intersection of pieces. Then Tara crawled over the quilt and clipped each yarn piece and tied all the ends in knots. That will keep both sides connected to each other.
When it was time for the kids to leave, the only thing left to do was to sew up the open end of the quilt. I loved the chance to work together and chat while working like quilting circles from olden days. It also left me feeling a lot of respect for quilters. Oh my goodness my aching back!
The next quilt is completely different and equally exciting.
I’ve slowly been moving through my house, fixing a room at a time and making them suit my taste. The last big project as you might remember, is the kitchen/great room. I had to take a big break after that huge project. My next idea is the master bedroom. I’ll do a post later when I have more to show you, but today I wanted to show you a new quilt for my bed that I received in the mail from the lovely and generous Peggy Mekemson, wife of Curt Mekemson who blogs at Wandering Through Time and Place.
The grey wood furniture is new, and my plan is to switch from the boring tan carpet and tan walls, and switch to a blue room. I had already ordered the winter blue carpet when the quilt arrived. Of course I would love a quilt from a friend no matter what colour it was, but this quilt is now going to be my centerpiece, because it’s perfectly spectacular.
Before the pandemic, I visited Curt and Peggy down in southern Oregon. I knew Curt from years of sharing blogger stories, but didn’t know much about his wife until I was immersed in her joyous spirit and we became friends immediately. Peggy had been experiencing a burst of inspiration, making quilts for others, and she showed me all her planned projects. While I was there she asked me: if I was to have a quilt, what theme would I like? I answered DRAGONS, of course. I mentioned some favourite colours.
When Peggy’s quilt arrived, I couldn’t stop pouring over the details. The more you look, the more there is to see.
I found a paint swatch sample from Home Depot that matches the quilt, and I have been taking that paint swatch everywhere I go now, when I’m choosing things for the room, such as new paint of course, and also picture frames for things that I will be hanging on the walls. I think Peggy would be tickled to find out that I’m now designing the bedroom around her quilt (Curt, will you pass it on? ha ha).
You know what? Quilts are a labor of love. I could see that as Tara gushed their excitement about making their quilts, and as Peggy glowed while showing me hers. I am deeply grateful to be able to wrap myself inside the love of a new friend, and to bring her artistry to life in my home.