Friday, September 17, 2010

My new favorite quilt!

This is a quilt I started and *almost* completed in 1992 - when my 19 year old so was just a baby!  It has been sitting in a box for 18 years with the quilting about 25% finished.  This last weekend, I decided to buckle down and FINISH it!  So, I quilted for hours and finally finished it!  I am bummed that it has a few rust spots from the safety pins that were holding the quilt sandwich together, but once it was soaked in oxy-clean and washed, they are barely noticeable.  Now, I only wish I had made it bigger, LOL.  It covers the top of the bed, but doesn't overhang on the sides very much.  I wonder if a person can add to an already finished quilt?  Has anybody ever done it?  It would have to be just muslin as I'm sure I couldn't find materials to match anymore, but it sure would be nice for it to be bigger.  Oh well, I'll probably just leave it as it is and use it as a middle blanket where it's protected under a comforter from the sun and the dogs!
Here is a pic of the finished quilt on my bed.  Too bad it's got that crease mark in the center from being folded for so many years, even after being washed :(  Oh well, I still LOVE it and cannot believe I had the patience to piece it so many years ago.  The piecing is just perfect too, much better than I do nowadays!  I guess I was more of a perfectionist back then as far as piecing goes!  The quilting on the other hand was only fair, and so I tried to duplicate it as best I could, although I did NOT go as dense in the stippling as I had started or it would have taken me a month of Sundays to get it done!
 I just can't quit looking at this - I just L.O.V.E. it!!!!

Here is a closeup of one of the centers - you can barely notice the rust stains from the safety pin here.  I am not going to worry about it though because you cannot notice it unless you look really close!

Here is something I did back when I made the quilt - and I am SO glad that I did this because I was having a hard time remembering what year exactly I made the quilt.  If you look closely it says ''Karin Vail  1992'' in faint pink lines that are quilted over.  I am debating about tracing those lines with a pale pink thread so it's a little better seen, but not so it stands out too much.  I am sure the pink was just a quilters pencil and that it will wash out after a couple washings, and the quilting will be really hard to see if it does wash out.  What does everybody think about going over it with a really pale pink thread?


  1. It's lovely ,it must have taken for ever to quilt it ,great job .

  2. Ooh how pretty! I love it! I think you should quilt over your name. It's a great idea. I've started seeing people put quilt labels in interesting places, and I really like your idea of making it subtle but visible.

    Are you going to NW Quilt Expo in Portland next week?

  3. Go over it so it shows, its beautiful you should be proud of it.