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?

3 comments:

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

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  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?

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

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