My Berea Quilt, 2012

July 12, 2012

Our challenge was “hands,” but the hands quilt that I had started was too ambitious to finish by the deadline, so I finished another that was started. It’s now hanging (ta-da!) in the Art Quilters of Kentucky show at the Berea Art Council’s gallery in Berea, Kentucky. It will hang with all my sister art quilters’ works until August 25. I hope you all get to see it–it’s a fabulous show!Berea art quilt show entry, 2012Free motion on my regular sewing machine! Yikes!

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I think this is a Biz chemical reaction–everything I soak looks like this, usually after several days, but this one was so funky that the reaction occurred very quickly. Looks like it’s soaking in coffee!

I think this is a Biz chemical reaction–everything I soak looks like this, usually after several days, but this one was so funky that the reaction occurred very quickly. Looks like it’s soaking in coffee!

And here she is, all clean sewed up, and bound. She looks happy, doesn’t she? So am I!

She looks finished now, like a picture finally framed.

July 11, 2012

Thread-Head

Months and months and months later, it’s probably about time I reported on the second life of this wonderful old six-pointed star quilt. After an adoption that just didn’t work out, the quilt came back to me–back to Tennessee, where I think she was born. The adoptive mom just could not deal with all that dirt. I don’t totally blame her…not everyone is as willing as I am to take on ancient, stinky, funky, antique dirt. I got lazy, and only did a half-way job of vacuuming the quilt. It was just taking too much time with not nearly enough immediate visual reward.

I want to see results, dammit. Like sweeping, you know? When you sweep with an actual broom, you get a nice pile of dirt and crumbs and, at least in our house, a dandy little wad (or big wad) of dog hair. You feel like you’ve done…

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