Wednesday, November 13, 2019
An Evening Companion
I'm not a pet person, but I understand how holding or stroking an animal is soothing. For me that sort of soothing comes from my hand quilting. That's what I discovered around the time of my parents' death.
In a way the same is true for a quilt. When I hold a quilt for a couple of hours most evenings, of course I get attached to it. And this one? I love. This top is made from the leftovers of my shot cottons. The backing is a very smooth muslin, one of the few fabrics I have to feel before I buy to make sure it has the right hand.
I've been using the wonderful variety of No. 8 Perle cottons on the color stripes - three rows per stripe. the white/lighter portions I'm running two lines of a silvery grey.
I love how the stitching looks from the back.
My goal is to get this to my nephew Chris in Orlando before Christmas. Because he and his family live there, I used a Mountain Mist poly batt, very light. This quilt has a wonderful airy feel.
As I finished this quilt top last winter, I was glad to use of the last of my shot cottons, which do not play well with other quilting fabrics. But as I have worked on stitching this quilt, I've realized one thing: I need more shot cottons.
It's not a matter of want - it's NEED!