Life is on overdrive these days. Just when I think I have caught up on things and have a little breather, something else arises that needs my attention. How did I become so busy in my retirement years?! Oh, I know the answer "quilting, quilting and a little more quilting."
Pictures I'm sharing here are of a quilt made in 2001. You might be thinking, "old news," but this is a quilt I've never blogged about - "So What's Your Point?" It's already on it's way to Ohio, a gift for my cousin's youngest son - that would be my first cousin once removed - and his new bride. Though the quilt is 12 years old, it's never been used except to lay across a bed that no one slept in. Besides, with dozens of quilts in our closet, and living in a climate that seldom calls for a quilt, it just makes sense to give it a good home.
"So What's Your Point?" is the result of a tumbler swap with my friend in Switzerland, Edith. I chose to arrange my tumblers in this colorwash manner.
|So What's Your Point? 73" X 94"|
It's one of the earlier quilts in my free motion quilting experience, with all quilting accomplished by "bobbin quilting." With this method, a decorative thread is wound on the bobbin, and quilted with the back side of the quilt facing up. That way, instead of trying to get thick decorative thread through the eye of the machine needle, threads perform better through the bobbin.
I used a variety of threads - metallic, rayon, perle cotton - in different areas, wherever I quilted a different design.
Quilting designs include pebbles, swirls, echos, waves, leaves, petals... some of which can be seen better from the back.
An obligatory photo of the back reveals a very blah backing. Whatever possessed me to buy such dull-looking fabrics?! They must have been on sale.
This past week found me on a label-making binge. It's so much more economical to print out a whole sheet of Printed Treasures labels at once, than figure out how to get small pieces through the inkjet printer.
73" X 94"
I'll admit that it was somewhat difficult to box up this quilt and send it on its way. But I'm reminding myself that I have about a hundred more where this one came from! And, hopefully Matt and Celine will enjoy and appreciate it, especially during quiet winter evenings at home.