Wednesday, February 25, 2009

late winter creativity- a relaxing pastime

I've been working at finishing a few quilts that i had started, hoping to get them done before i needed to break away from my "winter rest" and concentrate fully on gardening and other outside chores.

Dave and i both have ordered our seeds, and last week Dave brought home a mini indoor greenhouse. we are both eager to start our seedlings, and it's getting harder and harder each day to wait! it's still too early to start most of our plants, as living in zone 5 we can expect frost until late may. but we will be having some hoop houses in the garden, and we hope to put out tomatoes, lettuce and radishes as soon as early April.

in the meantime, I'm done with the split 9 patch quilts. i made one twin size (approximately) and two wall hangings. the twin quilt, and one wall hanging are to sell at the library auction, and the other wall hanging i will keep for myself. that one is not done yet, because i didn't have enough batting, but it wont' take long at all to get it done.

I've been drawn to these colors- the teals, royal blues and purples, for several years, so was really glad to have the chance to create these quilts. it was a simple pattern, and really allowed the colors to be the focus, not the pattern.







here's a detail of the quilting that i did. i used metallic silver thread, and did a stippling pattern. instead of the regular meandering, i did a stippling in squares and rectangles. i thought that would go nicely with the linear design of the blocks. i 'm pleased with how these quilts turned out, and since i still have a wall hanging to keep for myself, i won't be too sad to see them go.

6 comments:

Angie said...

Very Nice...I love those colors.

The printed fabric on my quilt has puppy dogs on it. I will take a close up picture and post it when I get the quilting done.

Angie said...

Very Nice...I love those colors.

The printed fabric on my quilt has puppy dogs on it. I will take a close up picture and post it when I get the quilting done.

Wanda said...

In reply Jennifer...not at all...I'm new at blogging...am reading "Blogging for Dummies"... and with the lack of interaction...thought it was the thing to do...your family working together amidst remodeling, kids off to college, chickens, firewood, quilts, gardening, country life...all things I have experienced and relate to! Following...I will be!

Wanda said...

Me again... I'm very anxious for spring too, last year at this time, with a broken ankle I couldn't do much...so I'm really looking forward to yard work! Thanks Jennifer!

Octamom said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Absolutely amazing! I love the colors you chose.

Can't wait to see how your garden progresses. We had a large garden years ago when 1 and 2 of 8 were little. They absolutely loved working in the garden and eating everything they grew.

Blessings!

Julie said...

I love the colours you choose for your quilt. It's beautiful. Has it been auctioned yet?
I have made a few tops, but finding it hard to motivate myself to quilt them!!

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