Monday, November 3, 2008

Signature Quilt for Carolyn

During the past couple of weeks I have been working on a quilted signature wall hanging for my supervisor at the hospital office where I work part-time. I finished stitching the label on about 9:30 this morning - so not much time left before it was to be presented to her at noon. Here is the front, Carolyn's Quilt the label Carolyn's Quilt Label and the basket Carolyn's Basket with Button and Heart that I made to go with it, now with a big daisy button and little heart on the frog's chest. I spent many hours on the quilt, especially since I got the center with the signatures on it last Wednesday night. I machine quilted around each of the star blocks, and quilted a star design inside each of the 9-patches, then hand-quilted hearts inside the 6 frog blocks. For the border I hand-quilted stars. I've not done machine quilting and hand quilting together in the same quilt before, but I felt like I could do a better job with the hearts and stars by hand. What would the quilt police say???

I am finding tonight that I have a surprising feeling about these two items. I knew all along that I would be giving these away - that is why I was making them, but I find that I am missing them more than I expected. It is like I made them so quickly, and gave them away so quickly that I didn't have time to properly say good-bye to them. Is that why it generally takes me so long to finish any one project - that I just don't want to say good-bye to them??


Gina said...

They are lovely.
I often hand and machine quilt on the same quilt. I machine in the ditch to stabilise the quilt and then I do my hand quilting.

love and hugs Gina xxx

Vera said...

Nance, cute quilt and I love the way you made the little basket to match, too cute. I can see why the seniors want to make them too. Once you see one you just have to make one or two or more.

Vesuviusmama said...

They look great, Nancy! I understand not wanting to give them up yet. Even as I dream of one day making and selling quilts, I wonder, how would I let them go to homes where I wouldn't get to visit them on occasion? I'm so glad I have pictures of the comfort quilts I have given away, just for that reason.