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Monday, September 17, 2007

I don't mean to be envious....but.....


It has occured to me as I read and scour the other bloggers...that they MUST be prolific quilters! I mean, quilts for seasons???? some of these girls have the most gorgeous things for specific seasons. I have done many quilts...but they always seem to leave my home!!!! Most were gifts...a few got LOST in one of many moves...and some were stolen right out of our home...in South AFrica. But I don't know that I have ever done a quilt for a specific season..so I am way behind the curve. In fact I have always given away all of my quilts...when I came to South AFrica...I didn't leave one quilted quilt behind of my own! Yikes, what was I thinking. So I have become more selfish...and am making as many quilts for me....as I can. I have done a few donation quilts while here...but now I am inspired to try some doll quilts...and when I get home, will buy some wonderful fall fabric....( though I did buy some of those colors in Korea when we visited!) and make at least two smallish autumn quilts...because next to Christmas...I love Fall best! I did make a red white and blue quilt for the fourth of July, but lets face it...its the middle of the summer in the Northern hemisphere..so who covers up with a quilt?????? I have to admit I so am loving the quilts that Libby posted on her blog today....wow! I am pretty much stuck with primary geometrics until I return to the US as that is what is made here...and imported fabrics from the US or England can cost up to 30.00....yep....that is 30.00 US dollars a yard! Most is over 20.00....so just not worth using here. I actaully prefer the pretty geometrics....anyway. So am happy to take them home as unquilted tops...lets face it ...they weigh less that way!!!!! I'm posting this photo of a totally finished, hand quilted quilt....yes, it is bound but I took it to the US for safekeeping after the burglar stole the other ones.So no finished pictures. But so like the red schwe-schwe geometrics mixed in this particular quilt. Have been spending more time drooling over Finn's little quilts and reading the other blogs...than sewing. But tomorrow afternoon I sew ....ON THE MACHINE. I am having trouble not working on the new stinking Baltimore blocks...the one is so involved...a wreath of flowers....lots of pieces...and the simple one has 4o hearts in the shape of a heart...so lots more sewing.Trying to do both...and cut other block pieces out to take with us this weekend...as we are driving to Lesoto for a Rotary conference...and I will be gone Friday to MOnday...hate not being able to sew at all for those days...so have to do handwork. It should be fun as never been to that country before...it is several hours drive away..but supposed to be quite pretty even if poorer than South AFrica! Hoping to take many photos...while there...then save them to cd so I can load. I had to have left that old cord in Tennessee!!!! Have scrapbooking club with some friends in morning and then sewing in the PM. Hope you all are enjoying your fall...it is spring here...and getting prettier every day!!!! Yeah!!!!!!

2 comments:

Libby said...

Ahhhh - you gave me a bit of a smile this morning *s* I never set out to quilt for the seasons. Okay - it's true there are Christmas quilts and patriotic quilts. They certainly lend themselves to a particular time of year. As for fall - well, it's the time of year I love the most. With that it's also the color palette that I am naturally drawn to. When I realized that I had these 3 distinct areas covered I just naturally gravitated toward swapping things out seasonally. Now spring is a whole different story . . .
Your quilts are beautiful and look wonderful for any time of the year. I'm so glad to have found your blog!

Finn said...

Hi Coleen, I also think your quilts are beatuiful..*VBS* Don't stress out over navy...even if you do have a lot to use...LOL, things work out over time.
As for season quilts, I suppose they fill the need for some more than others.
I like having christmas quilts in red and green, and those aren't colors I leave out all year. Most of my quilts are very scrappy, and the christmas ones are too, but mostly in red, white and greens.
Like Libby, autumn is my favorite time of year, and I do love those colors, but don't use them all the time.
I suppose i'm influenced by the seasons having always lived where there are 4 distinct seasons to enjoy.
I'd say do whatever works for you in quiltmaking. If you want seasonal, then make some..big or small. They will be wonderful! Hugs, Finn