Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Galloping Horse Quilt

Who makes a movie out of a quilt? I do, I'm afraid. You were warned that I would be experimenting around with iMovie, and using it to show you the new quilt I just made is the perfect occasion.

Back in January, I mentioned that I was thinking of making my first quilt to go along with the new bedroom curtains that I made you look at in Heatherstone Curtains Revisited. I figured that if I promised right here on the blog to try quilt-making, I might have to follow through and actually do it.

Well, I did and am quite pleased with the results. Most of the fabrics came straight out of the scrap bag, and are a combination of the blues and greens I have always loved because I was born and grew up near the sea, together with some almost-blinding yellows and golds that I like to think of as Southwest-y.

Pity the poor English major, always looking for a theme...

I am showing you the quilt today in film-ish form because it is one of those objects better observed from the back of a galloping horse. In other words, it is filled with mistakes and puckers and if I limit your view of each photo, I am hoping that you won't have time to notice!


video

9 comments:

The Fabulous Penguin said...

So, let me get this straight - librarian, writer, sweater knitter, quilt maker, keeper of the kiva fire, photographer, movie director and producer. You have some talent lady! The quilt is beautiful, love the colors so much! Thanks for sharing some of yourself with us...

Mar-Bear said...

wow, that is very pretty, great job!

clairz said...

Awww, Peng. Thanks, Mar-Bear!

Kate said...

It's truly amazing what "a few scraps of fabric" can produce. I, too, am impressed with all of your talents. Thanks for showing us your handiwork!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

What a beautiful post !! Nice video !!

Mary Hulser said...

Clair, the quilt is beautiful! Is it all hand-sewn? I have two sisters who are serious quilters and I always say I have no interest, however, last summer a bought some fabric to try a small,hand-sewn wall hanging. You have inspired me to get back to it!

clairz said...

Mary, when I was young I took a morning workshop on some sort of hand sewn quilting. At the end of the morning I had one tiny little piece done and I realized then that hand quilting was not for me. I never tried quilting again until now.

When I started this quilt, I thought that I would piece it by machine and quilt it by hand. That was until I realized that if I wanted to enjoy it in THIS lifetime, I'd better use the machine. I did and I'm not sorry or even ashamed.

The little quilt shop I just discovered here has some real works of art done by machine.

WasSoggyInSeattle said...

ClarirZ - beautiful quilt. You did a great job (this coming from an intermediate-beginner quilter). School has cut my quilting days but soon... I took my Grndpa's old blue striped overalls and plan to make some quilted potholders out of them using his brand as the pattern... someday... after school.
I would LOVE to hand quilt but just no time so I too, use the machine and am quite proud of the results.

clairz said...

Soggy/Raymona, please put some photos on your blog when you get around to making the Grandpa potholders. I think that is a wonderful idea and another good memory-maker.