Quilt Testers In Action

Quilt Testers In Action


Monday, October 4, 2010

Catching Up

OK, I did finish that autumn quilt on time for the show, but then I lost possession of the computer to a kid with a school project, so I couldn't show it to you! And when I got it back, I had to catch up on the bills, etc,. first. This included renewing my car registration. This was a scary prospect, because of what happened last time.

Last time I renewed my car registration, I took advantage of being able to do it on-line, which seemed great, took 2 minutes. But then, the registration never came in the mail. A trip to the Motor Vehicle Department (and a long wait) revealed the problem. The final letter of my plate was not actually a letter. It was a number! I had renewed someone else's registration! So you can see that I approached this on-line registration with some nervousness this time. When it came time to enter my number, there was this big, red warning: If your registration expires in October, the final character is the number 0, not the letter o. I'm thinking maybe I was not the only one to make this mistake????

Anyway, back to the quilt. I left you as I was about to start some threadwork on the top.

Did I mention that I love thread? Here is a detail of the threadwork on the trees. I forgot to take pictures until after I had layered and pin-basted the quilt. 

And here is another detail of the foliage in the graveyard. For the tall grasses, I actually ran two threads, a tan and a green, through my needle at the same time. I've never done this before, and I really like the line it gave me.

Then, it was time for the quilting.

I decided to use a dyed cheesecloth for the binding. This was something else I had never done before, and I really like the way it looks. It seems to suggest a frame, without being a frame. As the quilt is handled, the cheesecloth tends to roll, and shrink up, like cheesecloth does, and I like this rustic, textural effect. You can see this in the next two pictures.

Here is the finished quilt, hanging in the Art Center. 

West On Route 2,
 Overall, I am happy with how this turned out. It's not quite what I planned, but I like it anyway. I learned a lot making it, which I will be able to put to good use in future quilts. Can't really ask for more than that.

And to thank you for waiting around while I got back to posting, a gratuitous picture of bunny butts!

Ginny, reaching into the cage to see if Weasley has anything good left in that dish.


sharon said...

Your little quilt looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your steps in making it. Sharonj.

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

Karen, your quilt turned out awesome! I love all the stitching you put into it and the cheese clothe! What a cool idea!
Its nice to know someone else too is addicted to thread! I just cannot leave the store with out at least one spool!

The Fab Furs said...

I continue to marvel at the level of detail found in the quilt. It truly is an art form.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

I love how the quilt turned out Karen! The binding on it is the perfect finishing touch too! Nice job.


Karen S said...

Wow, Karen! what a great quilt -- love the binding -- what a creative use of cheesecloth.

And the bunny buts are just cute!

Lynn Fisher said...

Wow, stunning quilt work! Amazing.
Bunny Butts...the cutest!!!!

Lisa said...

It really came out beautiful, Karen, including the foliage that I know you weren't very happy with at first.

OMG! Who took Weasley's red?

Michelle May said...

Girlfriend, it's gorgeous! I love how it turned out! What a fun piece to work on!
Bunny butts...yeah, they're a favorite around these parts. ;)
xx, shell

Katie :o) said...

Wow!!! Your quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love, love, love the cheesecloth binding! A gorgeous, rustic finish that just brings the whole quilt together in a phenomenal way!