It is a crazy time. I hope you are safe and well.
I’ve been having trouble concentrating on anything new, even though I have a list of things I want to do, so I went back to this old favorite Amish style Double Nine Patch. I started it about 20 or 25 years ago and planned to hand quilt it, but got distracted and didn’t finish it. It languished on a shelf in my studio for years, until I rediscovered it during a studio cleanup last year. Since I don’t really do the fine hand quilting I used to do, and this was always intended to be a couch quilt, I decided to finish it up with free motion stitching. I wrote about starting the process here.
I had fun using a variety of motifs on this one, since it’s just for me. There’s a handquilted feather wreath in the very center, a free motion spiral and meander in the main patterned section, ribbon candy in the small green border, fans in the wide purple border, and a feather plume in the blue corners. I’m pleasantly surprised that the combination of hand and machine quilting actually worked out fairly well. As I tell my students, the texture is the thing, and this quilt has great texture.
One fun thing about this quilt is the back.
Remember that I made this over 20 years ago, long before I was using solids in my work. I didn’t have a lot of solids, but I’d always been intrigued by Amish style quilts so I bought a few to make this and a couple of other quilts. I didn’t have anywhere to store them, so I wanted to use up as much as I could and made an abstract composition on the back. Looking at it now, I’m surprised at how similar it is to what I’m currently doing in my work!
My rescue cat Jessie burrowed down in the quilt as soon as I sat down on the sofa to stitch the binding down! Cats and quilts are a nice combination.
That’s one WIP done–maybe I’ll get a few more done. It’s relaxing to work on a project that doesn’t have a deadline sometimes. I look forward to curling up on the couch with this one.