Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Linen Quilt, Finished

Thank you, Winter Olympics, for providing the perfect opportunity to embroider this quilt for a half-hour every evening. That's all I needed to get this thing finally finished. Yeah, it doesn't fit in my purse or in the car so I wasn't getting those little sessions in while waiting for a music lesson to finish.


The front side is painfully bright linen (all upcycled from the thrift store) in diagonal stripes, machine-pieced. No batting, and a canvas back. Then I "quilted" it by embroidering a bright running stitch around each square.


It fits a twin bed and weighs a ton.

Have you succeeded or failed when the back looks better than the front? No matter, I like it!

18 comments:

Jodes said...

Success! That is truly gorgeous!

Shelley said...

Oh, it means you are a good seamstress, you know. I remember my first couple of embroidery projects. I was so proud of them, until I showed them to a friend who also embroidered. She promptly turned them over, saw the mess on the back and shook her finger at me!

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

I'd say you doubly succeeded. Beautiful, even in its brightness!

Kimmie said...

Oh I love it. Amazing...between you and Randi, I so want to quilt. I am just intimidated by the whole process.

Yours is amazingly beautiful Anna.
I seriously pray for some of your energy ;-)

xoxo
kimmie

MrsSM said...

Dear Anna,

What a beautiful quilt! I personally love heavy quilts. Would you mind sharing exactly what kind of canvas you used for the backing of the quilt? I would love to know!

Krista

Gail said...

Anna, the quilt is beautiful! I always like to make my quilt back look as beautiful as the front. I then enjoy the quilt from both sides. Blessings from Kansas! Gail

Erin said...

You succeeded, because now it is reversible.

Susan K.W. said...

Did you use linen clothes, cut out, then pieced together to make the quilt? Could you sometime give us ideas on what you look for in thrift shops, second-hand stores, as in fabric, what can be made, etc.? Because of your ideas I used ribbon to cover up a spot on a red blouse, covered up a favorite sweater (which was second-hand)neckline which was fraying with a decorative trim, and cut off six inches from a long wool second-hand skirt, hemmed it, and have a wonderful wool tweed skirt, lined, too. Your good ideas in your blog beget other good ideas!

Lisateresa said...

I'm assuming you used embroidery floss for that - I've been wondering if quilting thread is a MUST for hand quilting, but I suppose one can use whatever one has at hand.

Margo said...

I love it! I love heavy quilts. And I try to make my quilts reversible too.
Lisateresa, I have a book, Material Obsession, in which the ladies use Perl cotton to quilt. They want the stitches to show up.

...they call me mommy... said...

I like the back an awful lot! :)

Anna said...

Krista, the canvas is a 100% cotton unbleached canvas sold at Hobby Lobby or Hancock's. It's usually 60 inches wide and it needs a couple of washes and dryings before using to soften it up and take up the shrinkage. And it's very heavy!

mommyoffaith19 said...

Your work is wonderful. I might be tempting to learn how to sew and post results on my blog

www.mommyoffaith19.blogspot.com

but I don't think I could ever do what you do. I can barely sew a straight line by hand. But I can look at your work and admire! lol

MrsSM said...

Thank you for the information, Anna. I will check for canvas at our local HL next time I'm there.

Krista

Gelsmom said...

Yes, I like the back better, too. keep quilting!

Trudy Callan said...

Your quilt is lovely. And I would say succeeded.

Sarah said...

Love the back!

BlueCastle said...

Beautiful. Especially the embroidery.

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