Monday, September 04, 2006

A Good Labor Day's Work

Today was the first day I was able to do some serious quilting since we moved from our house in Novato to the condo in Oakland. It really feels good to be sewing again.

I have this great antique quilt (it's on the container in the Pacific, steaming toward Sydney, at this very moment). Sadly, it's so fragile now I don't like to use it on a bed. So...what else to do but remake it! Here's the design, made in EQ5. Today I made some of the blocks and set 9 of them together. I think I'll continue that way, rather than have rows and rows to deal with at the end. Easier to work with smaller bits and put them together later, I think.

Here's a pic of the 9-block piece I made today:

In the original quilt, the pink middle squares are actually an old red and white calico-like print that has faded to a nice pink color. Trying to find a new pink that would mimic that look proved difficult. Anyway, it is what it is at this point!

I ransacked for a zillion plaids, stripes, dots, etc. in colors like the original quilt. I'm hoping I'll like "my" version as well as the original.

While I'm working, I think about the woman who made the original...wonder who she was, where she got the pattern, and what her life was like.

I think I'm quilted out for today. The quilt I'm planning will be 89" x 89", so I'll be at this awhile. The blocks are 7", and the shot above shows 9 blocks.

Beautiful end of summer day in Oakland. I think it looks like a good day to take a stroll down to Piedmont Avenue and have something yummy for dinner that I didn't have to cook. Better take advantage of this convenience while I have it! Serendipity, the 25-acre farm in Exeter in New South Wales, has no such choices three blocks way!


Tonya R said...

Ooh, looks beautiful. You have a great eye for fabrics and color.

Wow, I know what that's all about - having quilts off far away somewhere. Mine are still in warehouses tho - haven't made it to the shipping stage. sigh.

Dianne said...

Thanks, Tonya. It's really fun to make this one, but those square in a square corners are a little tricky. I'm learning patience with this one!

BTW, I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but clicking on the comments section doesn't seem to work. Is this a Blogger Beta issue?

Tonya R said...

I'm not on beta yet. As much as I love Blogger and love my blog, I do have to admit that there are occasionally glitches in the system. Hoping this will just stop on its own accord...

You obviously have a lot of patience or you wouldn't be able to complete HUGE projects like that C-King quilt.