The story of another quilt, one of my recent favorites—
My kids tell me that I never watch television, though I am in front of the device regularly. What they mean is: I never “watch” television, I merely “listen”. My tolerant husband and family know that my hands will always be busy with some kind of project: sorting fabrics for a quilt, knotting the ends of machine-quilting stitches, doing cross-stitching, paper piecing patches, doing hand applique, etc.
Over the last five or ten years I have been fascinated with simple embroidery, wanting to recreate the kitchen linens from my grandmother’s kitchen. So I made billions of sets of cotton kitchen towels while listening to some great television programs and amassing a wonderfully healthy collection of vintage embroidery transfers, some of which are shown here:
So when I ran out of people to whom I could gift the towels, I finally realized I should use some of my favorite images from these vintage embroidery transfers to make a redwork quilt for myself. Here is the result. I love this quilt!!! And I find Sibila’s detail shots compelling, too.
Once I was on my way with the embroideries, I had to decide the placement of the images. Collecting a large stash of white-on-red fabrics and red-on-white fabrics was enjoyable as well, and these needed to be scattered carefully around the quilt.
Then I thought I was finished. But sometimes these quilts will not let themselves be done. The problem: I could not find an acceptable fabric for the triangle shapes on the top, bottom, and sides, so I made more embroideries, mostly from the “test samples” in the embroidery transfer sets. These small images worked perfectly, even though it was more work. This quilt also sat borderless for a while: nothing seemed to work until I found this large-scale floral print that did the trick.
Others have liked this quilt as well, perhaps almost as much as I do, and I was pleased that some of those fans were the judges determining the entrants for the International Quilt Festival in Houston in 2011. I was very pleased to have been selected for that show and to have the opportunity to see my work on display with some absolutely fabulous quilts.
Tip: Click on the whole quilt image to be able to see the details of some of these fun squares.