"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It would have been a good blog post...

I've done something I haven't done in a loooooong time ... finished a fairly large (about full size) quilt. I free motion quilted it, with much denser quilting than I have ever taken the time to do. It's for my daughter's bed, and she loves it, although she keeps the bright orange and aqua batik I used on the back as the "up" side. lol. I need to take a picture of it on her bed - it looks great in her aqua and lime bedroom!

As I was quilting (and quilting and quilting), Robert Frost kept popping into my head. "Miles to go before I sleep" ... and then I thought, yeah, more like miles to go before SHE sleeps (with this quilt!). Of course this all transpired over the last few weeks when my computer was down in the dumps again and I did not have the capability of posting photos. So I took the above photo, thinking I had my next blog post lined up, and as it turned out, the quilt was completed before the computer was fixed!
So this is the finished quilt. The pattern is called "Yellow Brick Road" and I actually pieced the top a few years ago. The pattern is crib size but I enlarged it. I quilted blue free motion flowers over the entire top and then went back in and stippled around them in orange. I was inspired by the book Quilting in the Limelight by Philippa Naylor, which was given to me by my good cyber-friend Joanna. I have a long way to go before my quilting is as inspired as Philippa's, but I'm just glad that I actually completed the quilt before my daughter's tastes changed! Hopefully she will love it for a long time.
~Michelle

4 comments:

Karen said...

Really nice Michelle, I must get around to trying some free-motion quilting myself. I still have the Christmas tree skirt to do and that's been how long?

http://www.sara-annephotography.com/blog said...

This is beautiful!

Joanna van said...

Michelle, what a beautiful quilt and the quilting looks beautiful! I'm so glad you found some inspiration from Phillipa. It's nice to go back to the traditionals every once in a while.

kiwicarole said...

Nice job Michelle! She will never part with this!!