Friday, January 25, 2013

Lots to Think About

First of all, I want to apologize for any consternation that I caused by nominating any particular person for the Liebster Award!  Essentially it's a 'chain' award and although I feel like it doesn't require a mandatory response, people can definitely worry about that.  Don't!  I went along because it seemed fun and I was already burrowed into my office for the time being.  If I disappear into my quilting room, then I have to feel guilty because I'm not doing bookwork.  I mean, obviously.  I'm not even in the office.  But posting?  Oh yeah.  Total mind game.  In the office = working! lol
G'ma's Kaleidoscope quilt
Later in the day, my time is my own.  Well, except for fixing dinner, washing dishes, attending the kids basketball games etc. etc.  That's when I do little hand quilting usually.
G'ma's Kaleidoscope from another view
This quilt has been very interesting to work with.  I LOVE the colors and scrappiness.  For once the stark white doesn't bother me at all and I'm really not sure why?  I am quilting it very simply in approx. a 1/4" echo stitching around each block, although a little wider for the white patches.  They are a total nuisance. 
Looking at some of the fabric.
But it's not just the white fabric.  Some of the other fabric has a very tight weave too.  My new leather thimble is getting totally thrashed, my finger is getting bruised and I am just trying to plow through it all with a smile.  I do lots of thinking about my grandmother while I work on this quilt so that definitely helps.  Where did she get her fabric and why?  Was some of this fabric re-purposed?  I almost think so.  Lots to consider...

5 comments:

  1. I think it's up to the individual whether or not they want to play along with awards. I must say I was surprised how many questions etc were involved. I'm sure back when I was given the award it was only 3 questions and 3 nominees, easy peasy. I love your quilt, the colours are so pretty. Good on you for smiling through the stiff stitches, you'll have super tough fingers by the end of it.

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  2. I probably received the award a little later than Rachaeldaisy above, I had to do 5 (questions + nominees), I do hope they don't keep on upping the #'s....
    Anyway, love it that you do handquilting!

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  3. IMHO, the cool shades of the blue and green fabrics lend themselves better to white than off white or beige in your quilt. It is lovely! As I was looking at the pictures, admiring the fabrics, I thought to myself that they looked like the printed, sleeveless blouses, or kitchen aprons that I remember seeing my grandmother, mother, and aunts wear... and then I read your entry about wondering where your grandmother found her fabrics, and if they were repurposed. Indeed, I agree, I think they were! Bravo for you hand quilting it! Your grandma would be proud! P.S. Awards are very nice, but I enjoy the friendships I have made through blogging much better... quilters are the kindness and most generous people on this earth!

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  4. This quilt is amazing Audrey, I adore the colours and the patterns. What a huge quilting job it is! xo

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  5. great quilt...love the colors and the quilting is really giving it extra life...beautiful

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