Friday, June 4, 2010
"Roses on My Table" (a wall quilt)
Lately I've been thinking a lot about what is going to happen to all my quilts, my embroidered and beaded things, my treasures and all the things I surround myself with in this life. I do especially love the things I have created using my heart, my head, these two hands, some fabric, beads and a needle and thread. It's something to think about and I have mixed emotions. I DO know I can't take all this with me when I go...so, I've decided to sell a couple of things from the quilt closet. A couple. Two now...and more as time goes by.
I've shown you my quilt closet before...it's nice in there and my quilts don't suffer from too much light, etc. I take them out occasionally and rearrange them.....look at them, show them to other people, and promptly put them back. There are some I would never sell...people will just have to fight over them later. Those I hang in various places in the house for a bit, then back in they go.
Anyway, I was in the closet this morning, giving everything the 'once over' trying to decide if any of them could leave today. So, I've decided on two. I'll show you one today and the other one on Sunday. If you are interested in this one living in your home, send me an email and I'll let you know
This one is 28 inches wide and 32 inches long and is called "Roses on My Table." It was great fun to make. As you know, all my work is done by hand and this one is hand quilted with applique, embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, beading and writing on fabric. There is a tatted butterfly on her shoulder (made by a friend), there are glass beads sewn to the lace curtain trim and her bracelet. The tablecloth is gathered chiffon and the vase is hand-painted with metallic paint. This whole quilt came about because I had that great border print fabric I used on the bottom and the lovely quote, which is one of my favorites.
Yes, this is one way to see that my quilts and things are taken care of...finding them new homes.
Do you feel that way about yours? take care out there, pat
***** Update: Just so you know, I have used these quilts as my teaching samples and sometimes hang them for brief periods of time either in my house or in the Nest when a quilter visits, at an occasional quilt event. They do get attention, but mostly they are preserved in the quilt closet as my house has very little wall space...too many windows and doors for proper quilt display. They look as good now as the day I finished making them. I do, however, have some quilts that hang here most of the time...and those would not be for sale...you'll see them on this post from time to time. So, don't worry that I'm hoarding quilts for no one to see or touch. They get loved. And, I'm happy to report that this little quilt is now SOLD and going to a very nice new home!