2.27.2011

quilts as comfort food

i finished the quilt yesterday, and was quite proud of my work. the entire piece was hand quilted, as well as the binding. it went surprisingly quick despite my none traditional quilt stitching method. i love the feel of a quilt; it's warm, and bumpy, but soft despite that.


i photographed it on my bed, but that's not where it's staying; my cat meiko is having hairball/bulimia issues right now, and let's say she does a bit of sleeping in my bed. in fact, that's her right there in the top photo. sneaky kitty. i had to stand on a chair to get all of the blocks in the photograph. they remind me of birds, some going that way, and some going this way.

i incorporated a lot of my favorite prints into the pinwheels, quite a few of heather ross, and some nani iro, along with several prints i've had for over 10 years (originally intended for my dollhouse as the prints are small). these are my favorite blocks, i think it's the colors. not that i don't like the others, but that's the thing with the rainbow, we all have a favorite group of hues we're drawn to.

while i was quilting, i thought it would be nice to make quilts out of silks, linen, my own woven cloth; something tactile, more neutrals and subdued colors. i've been on the hedge about getting the book 1000 artisan textiles but perhaps it would be really inspirational, and if nothing else it may be able to help me take better textile photos.

6 comments:

meisje van vervlogen dagen said...

Beautiful! And how brave to sew it all by hand!

anastasia said...

thank you! i didn't know if i'd ever make another quilt for myself, and i love the feel of hand quilting, so i went ahead and put the work into it.

Kathryn said...

Congratulations! It looks wonderful. I just finished my first quilt yesterday, whew! It was surprisingly less time consuming than I thought it would be too.

anastasia said...

yes, this one took just about 2 weeks to do; once you get started and have made the cuts, the assembly work goes quickly.

Lorraine said...

I love your quilt , spare & so lovely .

anastasia said...

thank you! sometimes simplicity works best.