Thursday, May 31, 2007

Pressed Memories

I have loved this quilt since the first time I saw it on the cover of a Kansas Troubles Quilters book (which name escapes me at the moment). This one was made with all Kansas Troubles fabrics. I made it whatever year the book came out -- and I looked and cannot find a year anywhere in the book -- but I think it was either 2002 or 2003. It has been waiting to be quilted since then and I'm glad I waited because this is the one I learned to do straight line ruler work on. I hand appliqued the borders - KTQ used the raw edge applique on the original, but I prefer hand applique. I'm not even sure what it is about the quilt that I love so much -- I love scrappy but this is more of a controlled scrappy, using the same background fabric. I guess it's just all the color and the small bit of applique on the borders. I even have a label on it and finished stitching the binding on this afternoon, washed and dried it and it is now covering the back of the couch in the living room so I can look at it a lot!

Today was cloudy and the threatening rain turned into a couple of sprinkles and that was pretty much it -- they're still calling for rain, but it seems to keep going north, south, east and west of us! We really need it to stop here for awhile. It's been a bit warm (in the 80's) and a bit humid, so I did turn on the air conditioners and won't be getting much gardening done til it cools back down into the 70's -- in a day or two.

I cleaned out 6 fabric shelves in the Hoosier cabinet today -- refolded all the fabric and semi-sorted it -- still have to merge it with the big cabinet in the sewing room, so will wait til I have all the fabric refolded before I sort it better. Also worked on Will's quilt and appliqued another heart on Beth's quilt. And plan to do some more stitching tonight on my Primitive Garden bom -- I got the 6th one in the mail Tuesday and I'm still on #1, so need to get moving on it!

Tomorrow I'm heading up to see Steph and AJ and pick up my Market Day order -- so we can eat for awhile down here. Steph had another good report at the doctor's yesterday and we've been kind of holding our breath around here because she is now in her 30th week and that's when AJ was born. We're hoping for at least 6 more weeks with Will.

Gratitudes:
Another ufo finished and I'm real pleased with it.
Progress in the fabric cabinets.
Fresh asparagus on the grill tonight.
Freedom.
Air Conditioning.

17 comments :

Leah S said...

That's great quilting! It really helps the color blocks shine. I can see why you're in love with it. :)

Bonnie said...

It's a wonderful quilt and deserves to be looked at all the time!

Mary said...

It's beautiful. It's simple but very, very nice.

Vicki W said...

It's a beauty!

May Britt said...

A wonderful quilt. I understand why you treasure this one.

Carol said...

What a wonderful quilt!

Angie said...

What a beautiful quilt, Joanne! I LOVE, LOVE LOVE it!! You've done a wonderful job with it! I'll have to go see if I have that book, I have several of theirs, and add another one to my 'wanna make someday' list. :)

Angie said...

Oops, I also wanted to tell your Baby Rails with Attitude is adorable! Really striking!

Judy said...

I absolutely LOVE that quilt! I could have another one on my to do list!

JoAnna said...

That is a very pretty quilt! I always love the simple ones. It looks very much at home in your log cabin!

tami said...

I love your quilt. You did a beautiful job. Kansas Troubles are my absolute favorite fabrics.

Carolyn said...

This quilt is gorgeous and the quilting is perfect! Great job!

Tazzie said...

What a wonderful quilt, isn't it great to have such a super finish!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

atet said...

Your quilt is truly lovely. What fun to look at it often and be able to cuddle up under it!

anne bebbington said...

A little bit of applique always lifts a pieced quilt - it's beautiful

Jeanne said...

I love that quilt, too! The colors are wonderful and combining piecing and applique is almost always a good thing.

Norma said...

I love this quilt too! It has a very cozy, comfortable look to it--just right for cuddling!