Sunday, January 22, 2006
Wrong side of the camera
I've reorganized my photos and was excited about posting some from the retreat when I realized all the photos were of other people's quilts! Guess I got so excited by their work I sort of forgot my own! So this morning I laid my Red White and Blue Quilt out on the floor and with my dog Macbeth's "help" got these photos.
This qilt top made it's third trip to our retreat this year! This is not a typical quilt for me. Four years ago I was in the hospital so my husband brought me a stack of my antique quilt books to browse through. For the first time he pointed to photo of a quilt and said, "I really like that one." Bells went off...adreniline rushed...finally a quilt that I could make for him. A quilt that he would like!
When I got home one of the first things I did was rummage through my reds, blues, and shirtings and piling about 15-20 differnt fabrics into each stack. I drafted my pattern and was ready to go! That night I showed him the stacks. He looked at them for a few minutes then picked out one red, one blue, and asked if I had a solid white to go with them! My heart stopped. A solid white? In a pieced quilt? Me?!!! Fortunately he thought the dismay was because I only had a fat quarter of the red he choose..."this may not be enough will it?" Yikes!
So, it is his quilt. I went out and bought some Kona Snow and a few yards of the red. For the past three years this has been the quilt that haunts my UFO pile. Each time I think about starting a new project the little "finish it" voice in the back of my head whispers..."Michael's goose in the pond."
Now I only have three sides to put on it and the top will be done. Because it has been handled so much the blocks have become a bit wonky but I am not letting that stop me. I do like how graphic it looks both in photos and in person. It does not "go" with any room in our house but it will be his quilt!
I'm off to the store now to get some things for dinner. This fall I planted a window herb garden and now I have a lot of fresh herbs to play with. I'm trying a new Shrimp cakes recipe. (any way I can slip some vegetables into the diet I'll try!)