Thursday, March 23, 2006

..a touch of analog...

I finished (and probably most important...started!) my first quilt! It's just a "rag quilt" or "chenille quilt". Extremely simple design, really. I made it for a friend who is turning a ~certain~ age. I wanted to do something with fun, retro and *ahem* youthful fabrics. Classic but not entirely. I settled on a fat quarter pack of Denyse Schmidt's new collection purchased from Cia's Palette.

It's all backed with flannel and "filled" with some lightweight cotton batting. I've sewn for...what...about 25 years now...and never made a quilt. I feel like the shame of this virginity is now over! Now, I can move on to more challenging projects like this . Well, not exactly like that. Just using freeform design & techniques. I love the look of art quilts, but find the size/scope and, of course, potential for procrastinating mid-project too great. :-) I can imagine a piece like the one linked could take months for some and decades for others. Of course the pay off of the finished project would be awesome. Well, we'll see. For now, I'm pleased with my random, frayed edge quilt! Yay me!

5 comments:

Paul said...

Wow cat what a lovely quilt. Nice work. Your art talents span many mediums.

Send me a pict when you finish that art quilt.

Anonymous said...

It is beautiful and you certainly should feel very proud of yourself.

Anonymous said...

Awesome job. I have so been wanting to attempt a quilt someday, but I lack the oomph of starting. I love the Waterhouse quilt. Way groovy.

-jamie

Cat said...

Thanks, ya'll!
I've decided that my next quilt attempt will be in Frank Lloyd Wright's Coonley Playhouse style. Wish me luck!

AM said...

I think that thing is amazing... I'm almost inspired, I tell ya! :) I never really thought about quilting with updated fabrics, and I have to say, I DIG the idea!!