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Quilting catchup [Nov. 6th, 2009|09:18 am]
Zoethe
I finally finished R's baby quilt, in time for her second winter at least! Here's a photo:





It's called Rebecca's Road. The path travels crazily all through the quilt, just like our paths in life. And in one place the path gets reversed, signifying that sometimes we make mistakes, but if we keep moving forward they will straighten themselves out. Her mother told me that I will have to tell her the story of the quilt when she is older. For now, it's lots of bright colors and fun things to find: mermaids and soccerballs and kittens and cowboys.

And the reason that got finished was because I had taken up making the altar cloth for catvalente and justbeast's wedding, and I felt too guilty to finish it without finishing the baby quilt first. Spurred on by deadlines, I also finished the altar cloth:




The fabrics were ones that Cat and I purchased before she went to Maine. She said she wanted me to teach her to quilt. Since she doesn't sew at all, I wanted to start with basic piecing; she wanted to start with abstract Russian iconography. We were making some progress, but then the move happened and the fabrics stayed here and since she already loved them were perfect to make into the altar cloth (with design help from bec76; thanks, love).

Now I am into contract crunch season, so no quilting for a while. Le sigh.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon.
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2009-11-06 02:56 pm (UTC)

I am simply floored

At both projects. That quilt is just jaw dropping amazing. It is beautiful.

*applause*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 03:07 pm (UTC)

Re: I am simply floored

It was both fun and endlessly time-consuming to make. I hope Rebecca loves it!
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[User Picture]From: canuckgirl
2009-11-06 03:13 pm (UTC)
I love the baby quilt and the road running through it - so beautiful!

And the altar cloth is gorgeous!

It's nice seeing pictures of the fruits of your labours. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 03:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: finding_helena
2009-11-06 03:20 pm (UTC)
Those are both super nifty.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2009-11-06 03:25 pm (UTC)
Its even more beautiful finished! Good job!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, love!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 03:33 pm (UTC)
It's not necessarily hard, just required time and planning. I do love creating things that are so tangible.
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2009-11-06 03:29 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. The altar cloth is so lovely and just perfect for a fall wedding, and I absolutely adore the baby quilt.

Here I was expecting the usual washed-out pastels that are hard for a baby to really register, and you make this incredibly stimulating confection of high contrast and mermaids and soccer balls.

R will like it now and probably be very touched when she suddenly hits the age when she realizes just how cool it is and how much work and LOVE you put into it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 03:39 pm (UTC)
I believe that baby quilts should be two things: 1. colorful and stimulating, and 2. large enough that mom and baby can snuggle under on those nights of fussiness or illness.

Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2009-11-06 03:37 pm (UTC)
Wow! the baby quilt is amazing!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: pretendpeterpan
2009-11-06 03:59 pm (UTC)
That quilt is insanely beautiful. I'm so jealous of quilters- I don't have the patience or attention to detail to do it well. Wonderful work!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: sterling_raptor
2009-11-06 04:45 pm (UTC)
Wow, just wow! These both are amazingly awesome, and I particularly love the Journey quilt. I may have to just hunt one down on the interwebs.

I'm not very good at the sewing clothes and honestly hate using a machine so maybe quilting would be fun as I do love to make stuff. I wish I lived closer so we could hang out. You and your husband seem like some f'ing awesome folk.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 05:21 pm (UTC)
I pretty much made up the pattern from another inspiration. I like quilting because there generally aren't darts or curves to worry about! I do almost all my quilting on a machine, though. It's much more efficient!

I wish everyone lived closer - it was so much fun!
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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2009-11-06 05:11 pm (UTC)
I love both, but Rebecca's Road is exquisite!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty proud of it, I have to say!
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[User Picture]From: hippie_mamabear
2009-11-06 05:15 pm (UTC)
*heaps on more praise since the above commenters already stated her own opinion*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2009-11-06 05:24 pm (UTC)
I love that the quilt is not pastels that will be put away as 'babyish' in a short time. The 'hidden' items and the 'path' are such a good idea!

Congratulation on making such a lovely and interesting quilt!

I like the altar cloth, too! Maybe I could do something for my daughter's wedding in March!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 06:11 pm (UTC)
I try to make baby quilts with the idea that they can be carted off to college without much embarrassment. Thanks!

Cat and D intend to hang the altar cloth on the wall in their home. This makes me very happy.
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[User Picture]From: dk_leathers
2009-11-06 06:29 pm (UTC)
wow, both VERY beautiful!

I'm still hoping one day to be back at work so I can pay shipping for that painting I paid for so long ago.. lol x
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[User Picture]From: katzinoire
2009-11-06 06:38 pm (UTC)

Wrapping Yourself In Love

Congrats Gini! I know how fulfilling it is to finish a huge project! It's an excellent trade-off-even if it takes a year, the results will last a lifetime-my older two were blessed with Quilties from their Nona (my grandmother), Gabby was sadly born 2 years after she passed on, so no quilty for her (although my sister who has no children has considered handing hers over since she has 2). They cling to them, care for them and know they were made with love. Wrapping yourself up in love-who can dispute that? :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 07:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Wrapping Yourself In Love

That's what I'm hoping for.
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[User Picture]From: k425
2009-11-06 06:54 pm (UTC)
The quilt is lovely and I want to steal it. Luckily I live far too far away to be a threat!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: butterandjelly
2009-11-06 11:08 pm (UTC)
honey, those are stunning. someday, I am going to commission one of your creations.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-07 12:39 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2009-11-06 11:38 pm (UTC)
Both gorgeous!
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2009-11-07 12:36 am (UTC)
Deadlines are wonderful for getting things done, aren't they? :) Great job!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-07 06:13 am (UTC)
They are very good, those deadlines. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: littlebuhnee
2009-11-07 01:26 am (UTC)
Absolutely gorgeous. I'm envious. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-07 06:14 am (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: tweezlebum
2009-11-07 02:54 am (UTC)
You are too clever. Very well done!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-07 06:16 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: meyerweb.com
2009-11-07 04:49 am (UTC)
I wish to point out that the colors in these quilts are much more vibrant in real life than they are in the washed-out cameraphone images posted here.

Yes, you read that right: the baby quilt is significantly more high-contrast than what you see above. The path is actually a little difficult to make out among all the other distracting squares, which is a whole extra meta-level of awesome commentary.

So, yes: stunning.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-07 06:20 am (UTC)
Thanks, dear. I'm glad that it is liked at Chez Meyer.
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[User Picture]From: gafizal
2009-11-08 04:25 pm (UTC)

very pretty !

though my taste runs more toward the latter
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-10 02:34 am (UTC)

Re: very pretty !

Well, you aren't a baby....
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[User Picture]From: call_me_harmony
2009-11-09 11:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, these are bth beautiful
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-10 02:34 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2009-11-10 02:18 am (UTC)
Oh wow...I really love the baby quilt! I'm planning to try my hand at quilting at some point but first I want to get my hands on a sewing machine (and relearn how to use one) before I try to figure out how to quilt.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-10 02:33 am (UTC)
Quilting can be pretty easy - mostly straight seams rather than all those fussy darts and curves when you're making clothes! Oh, you can get fussier, but you don't HAVE to. Mostly it's color and design, which is the fun stuff.

Thanks much.
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