A Quilting Revelation

A revelation of sorts as I finished a quilt for my 90 yr. old dad for a Christmas gift.  His feet get cold so I wanted to give him a little warmth and love…..I was mesmerized by the peace of pin basting my dad’s quilt…tv playing a happy movie and the time flew. Then I had forgotten the magic that happens when those three pieces of fiber get stitched together…it starts to look like a quilt and gets heavier as you go…then you can’t wait to get it done so you can see it in all its glory.  Doing something for the joy of doing it, knowing how much it will be appreciated, is something I’ve missed.

Southwest big block quilt

I quilted this on my sit-down Sunshine 16 and it went really fast. I used simple free form filler stitches rather than following a pattern.The finished size is 72 x 72 inches so big enough for him to wrap up in. Some  of the fabrics were purchased a few years ago at a little Navajo fabric shop when we were on a trip through the Southwest. The gecko and sun has embroidery accents. I will launder it and fluff it dry before dropping it in the mail today.

Gecko fused and embroidered Free Form stitching with the Sunshine 16

Once again I’m linking with Nina Marie’s Off The Wall Friday.

4 thoughts on “A Quilting Revelation

  1. I love your quilt, but mostly I love the way you describe the process. I’m not great with words, but you have said what I wish I could. I am focusing on “art” quilts these days, but I miss the feeling you described. Maybe I need to get back to my “roots.” Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience.

  2. thanks Beth! I love when someone gets what I’m trying to say. I’ve been wrapped up in art quilting for 4 years and this was such a joy to just do a quilt. I have other tops hanging in the closet so I’m thinking a break from art quilting to finish them may be just what the doctor ordered…..no stress deciding where to jury or exhibit….is it good enough….yadda yadda yadda!

  3. It has such character! He’ll love that you made it especially for him. And it is so relaxing and joyful to make a gift for someone out of love. You do it the way you want and how you think it will make them happy. It’s like stroking a kitten or a puppy.

  4. Thanks Regina! He received it in the mail and called me yesterday to say how much he liked it. He said he tried it on the back of the sofa but decided to put it on his bed.

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