Saturday, March 10, 2012

Falling Through the Cracks

We recently had an airing of the quilts here (future post). So many lovely things resurfaced that I have yet to share with you, including last year’s birthday quilt from Barb.

Somehow it had fallen through the cracks. These photos from last February were on my computer, but I never got around to posting them.

2011 was the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, which Barb commemorated with this little string quilt.

Look closely at the selvages from which the quilt is made. They’re all reproduction and Civil War lines of fabric.

And see what’s on the back? It’s another Civil War print with cartouches of battle scenes. Thanks, Barb, for another treasure!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Birthday Quilt

My birthday rolled around again recently. Since I stopped counting and celebrating at 50, I’m often startled when I take the time to do the math ~ 56 this year. How did that happen? One of the few good things about turning another year older is getting a birthday quilt from my friend Barb.

This year’s quilt is a sweet little Shoofly, adapted from the Pink Lemonade quilt at Humble Quilts.

Barb always selects a surprising fabric for the backing, sometimes consistent with the style or theme of her little quilts, but more often than not, something bold, funny, or completely incongruous. This time, it's an exquisite china print.

The quilting is one of my favorite patterns, Teacup or Wineglass quilting, so named for the household implement used to trace the circles (or your preferred beverage while doing so). Barb gives a good explanation of the proper way to approach quilting this seemingly straightforward design. You might think it’s logical to stitch each circle, continuing one to the next where they intersect. But soon, you will reach a dead end. Instead, follow the gentler curve. This diagonal path will allow for a long, continuous line of stitching.

Barb, thanks again for the beautiful birthday quilt. I don’t know how long we’ll be able to keep up the tradition though. After 50, the birthdays seem to come pretty fast and furious!