Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Chapter

It's hard to believe it's been just three years since I started blogging with this photo.  
It shows my quilting room made into a "recording studio" for my son's band.  
They had the brilliant idea of using quilts on the walls and windows for sound quality.  

Since then, my son has moved out and left the remnants of his childhood.  

I decided I needed the room for guests and the closets for my supplies, so...

A bit of sorting...

A load to the Goodwill, and...  


Plus an extra closet just for my quilts.


Some curtains,  

A few quilts,

And I'm ready to host a quilty friend from Norway!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Amish Modern Baby Quilt

I'm going to a baby shower today for a dear 30-something friend.  
The sex of the baby will be a surprise.
I looked at the gift registry to find her style.  Everything was very modern and minimal. 
Colors were white, gray and soft blue-green.  What to do?

Here's what I came up with, thanks to inspiration from the Amish.

This quilt is made between 1920 and 1940, but I think it looks very modern.
I love the odd setting for the double border.

It comes from this book, which I bought years ago on recommendation from Gwen Marston.  
It's packed with wonderful crib quilts, and has become one of my favorite inspiration books.

I made a version of this quilt for a neighbor baby a few years ago.  Can't find the photo of mine.  
Recently I noticed that the quilt was hanging on their living room wall.  
I know I should take that as flattery.  
Personally, I'd rather see my quilts well-used, stained and tattered. 
Ah, well.  We give our quilts away and we let go of what happens next.