How to Machine Quilt Clouds, Design #475
2 days ago
I've been cleaning out closets in the sewing room, trying to impose order on the chaos (a nearly futile effort I'm afraid). But I do feel the need to do that every now and then. But I didn't stop at just the closets. I also began sorting through the photo files on the computer, deleting and organizing as I went. And look what I discovered. This quilt is one I made and hand quilted as a gift for our horse trainer's first child. That was seven years ago. It was made from a pattern in "Calico Cowboys" by Karla Menaugh and Barbara Brackman. I may have to make another of these.. I'd forgotten how much I liked it. Glad I found this photo!
This quilt began as a donation for someone in the military. Somehow I got the idea of making a "texture quilt". And somehow I knew I was making it for a service person with sight impairment injuries. The design is very simple, but it feels lovely as you run your hands across the surface. There's soft, napped Minky in one block, zippers that open in another, Prairie Points that lift, pintucking, silky ribbon, bottons, lace, rick-rack, embroidery, and more. It really is one of those quilts that just invented itself. And once it was nearing completion, I heard from a nurse friend that she knew of someone who could be the recipient. I sent it off to her quickly, and later heard back from her and the hospital chaplain that the quilt was very well received. It's good to keep photo records of quilts... both of these had slipped into the recesses of history until I started reviewing and cleaning up photo files. There is plenty more to do, so I may find some other treasures to share!