Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Perfect Quilt for Fall

When my babies were little I quilted a lot. It was the perfect nighttime activity after they were asleep. Curled up in front of a movie with a warm lapful of cotton, I found the repetition soothing and the visible progress encouraging.


I made this tree of life quilt sometime in the first five years of my marriage. Most of the browns and reds were from clothes my mother had made me.


Right now I have it folded over the deacon's bench in the living room. Perfect for fall.

19 comments:

ispeakbeanish said...

It's beautiful! A perfect combination of tones.

Sunday said...

I think quilts are like fine wine or cheese...they get better with age/history.

Fellow quilter and lover of all things fabric.

Sunday

Tammy said...

It's beautiful! I love the colors.

Blue Castle said...

Such a lovely quilt. I love quilts, but have only tackled a baby quilt and making quilted purses. Someday I am going to make a real quilt.

Tracy said...

What a beautiful quilt. I have about three on the go myself, at the moment. Must find some time to quilt the one that's at that stage. I'm going to long for it in a few months!

Carleen said...

That's really cool. I wish you lived nearby. I want to quilt so badly but, and I'm still trying but I have no real idea what I'm doing.

Tracy said...

Anna,
This is off subject from today's post, but I couldn't see an email address for you anywhere on your sidebar. My daughter plays cello, and is doing a concert with the local orchestra in early December. We often say that clothing stores/catalogs should feature a cello player's section. It's difficult to find a skirt/dress suitable. For this Christmas concert, I've considered making her a black regency gown, but I'm concerned the skirt won't be full enough. Do you have any suggestions for us? I figure Clara must run into the same problem. Any pattern tips or shopping advice would be appreciated.

Anna said...

Tracy, you're right that the Regency skirt is too narrow for cello. I make Clara circle skirts for concert wear out of black cotton or wool. Then she either wears a white blouse or a black sweater, depending on the dress code. I bet you can google directions for making a circle skirt without a pattern. Good luck!

Sally said...

Just beautiful, and full of memories. I love that you had clothes your mom made to include in your Tree of Life -- so appropriate.

My first "real" quilt was a queen-size Star of Bethlehem. It took me 6 months to quilt it by hand.

Besides the smell and feel of books, there is nothing more pleasing to the senses than the smell and feel of fabric.

Sally

Sarah Jane said...

That is a lovely quilt and the pattern intrigues me. I just finished my first sons quilt for his 2nd birthday and am working on another quilt using scraps from our repro CW era clothing. I find the repitition and visible progress encouraging too. . .

Tami said...

It is absolutely lovely

Tracy said...

Thanks, Anna! I have the book Sew What! Skirts, and it does have directions for a circle skirt.

annamae said...

How pretty! I have never tried my hand at quilting but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate it right? :)

Shelley Jo said...

Lovely!

My Vintage World said...

I absolutely love this quilt and how special the memories that come to mind when you think of when you created it. What a story quilts hold as the are past from generation to generation. I just think of the treasure one holds with a quilt and the stories that go along with the life of a quilt.
Beautiful!

Paula said...

Oh, that is beautiful!

Margo said...

Oh beautiful! I am currently cutting patches for my first quilt. I am waffling, trying to decide if I'm going to tie it (quick and dirty) or quilt it (can I be patient??). Can you give me tips on quilting? I have a Bernina that could probably machine quilt, but I already know how to hand quilt. I definitely do NOT have the space for a big quilt frame. I've checked out all the quilt books from my library, but I'd love to hear your insights. Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...

ITS A LOVLEY QUILT , I HOPE YOU MAKE SOME MORE TO SHOW US ALL...

good_to_be_home said...

It's beautiful and the memories of those quilting times makes it even more special.

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