Encouraging Words of the Day"
As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength. ~ Psalm 138:8, NLT
"Amy's Creative Side" is hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival where we have the opportunity to share quilts we have made and be inspired by all all the great quilts entered. Each person can enter up to 2 quilts and there are multiple categories.
Although this is the 9th festival, it will be my 1st time entering. The quilts I've seen are awe-inspiring and although I am not making award-winning quilts, I have decided to enter two of my efforts.
Entering in the Scrap Category:
I’ve been working on this crazy quilt on and off since 1982 when I started it. I sewed the 12 crazy quilt squares and then put them away. I had three growing children who were occupying all my time. I love being a mother and preferred to devote my time to them. Then they grew up and left home. That’s also a good thing, right? Don’t we raise them all those years so they can grow up, become independent, and leave us? Anyway, back to the crazy quilt - I would periodically dig out my squares and embroider something on them, then back in storage. When my husband and I started taking more road trips, I again dug them out and continued with the embroidery. Finally finished them and sewed the top together. Back in storage because I couldn’t decide what to use for a backing. Then I won a giveaway held by Julie at "My Quilt Diary." What I won was a panel of a "matoi" showing the standard and happy coat of firefighters during the Edo period. It turned out to be perfect for the back of my crazy quilt and now it is FINISHED after 20 years.
The following are close-ups of the blocks showing the embroidery:
This photo show the interesting Japanese "matoi" panel.
This quilt was begun in 1982 and finished in March, 2012. It is made of vintage damask, satin, velvet,vintage ties, lace and other assorted fabrics from my stash and my Mama's stash. The blocks are machine pieced and all the embellishments are hand-embroidery. The quilt was quilted on my Kenmore.
Pattern: Crazy Quilt
Dimensions: 38" x 50"
Thanks so much for stopping by. Check out the Bloggers' Quilt Festival and enjoy taking a look at all the gorgeous quilts.