one quilt: february, march and december

May 28th, 2009

Obviously, I am still behind with the one quilt project, but after a long afternoon in my studio I think I’m almost caught up! The square above is for Sarah (of the small object fame) and it is my absolute favorite. It’s not so big–probably 8 or 9 inches square–but damn those triangles shrink up when you sew them all together. She said she liked Yoshiko Jinzenji, so I picked one of the quilts from “Simple Quilts” and, well, copied it (hey, anyone know if you can still get this book anywhere?).

This little red and white number is for Amy (aka buraellen). She wanted a bit of woodland embroidery, so I copied this deer pattern from a vintage dishtowel I have. I’ve always like his flower crown. In the original there is whole wreath of flowers around his head, but I thought it looked a little much, so I left them out. This square came together quickly and painlessly.  Quilting (as a whole) looks deceptively easy, but it is very much not easy and I think I need some friendly old ladies to teach me.

This last one was a second attempt and a sad one at that, but the first one, oh you really don’t want to see that one. I was running very low on Chara‘s beautiful orange fabrics that second time out–hence all the sashing. I hope she likes it or if not maybe she’ll let me have a do-over.

And January is on my lap right now, waiting for me to finish the embroidery. It was supposed to be sashiko, but it’s looking a lot like arglye at the moment (dammit).

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14 Responses to one quilt: february, march and december

  1. molly says:

    that january quilt is calling to me. i love it! can’t wait to see it when you’re finished!

  2. kirsten says:

    love that red stitching on the last quilt – exquisite!

  3. Kirsty says:

    I love all your blocks but I’m particularly loving your argyle sashiko.

  4. cindy says:

    You are too modest. Those look awesome! The orange looks bright without being too in your face. They are all my favorites.

  5. Victoria says:

    Each is beautiful. The last piece looks exquisite.

  6. Maitreya says:

    Love love love the top one. I’m way behind too, but you’ve got me excited to give them a try this weekend. :) I’m up for June, and I still haven’t decided on a theme, yikes!

  7. Holly says:

    These are very inspiring blocks. I commented on your flickr page too. I would actually love to make a quilt like the first block, but with those lovely summery yellows in the third. Or maybe duck egg blue. Ohh or both! (I’m really digging those colours right now).

    How on earth did you manage to find so many shades of lovely linen?! Please share your sources, pretty please! I have money burning a hole in my pocket!


  8. Courtney says:

    What kind of thread do you use to do the sashiko? It looks beautiful!

  9. felicity says:

    I love your blocks they are gorgeous, one day I will tackle my patch work fear, mine is always a bit wonky when I try!!
    felicity xx

  10. They look really great. I think quilting looks hard and have been avoiding it (apart from a doll quilt made for a little girl who was unlikely to care if the corners matched up…). Your blocks all look perfect.

  11. amy says:

    i love my block! the flower wreath is perfect. can’t wait to see it in person!

  12. julie green says:

    oh, meg, i LOVE that first block. i am totally digging the linen and the newsprint-look fabric. and the design is absolutely gorgeous.

    love all those oranges, too. i’ve been wanting to do an orange quilt like that for the baby on the way. figure orange is good for a boy or a girl.

  13. So rad. I love how all your different creations – the ones with prescribed guidelines, and all the rest – all have the “elsiemarley” feel.

  14. shisomama says:

    oh wow, the one you made for sarah takes my breath away. i love the colors, and how your patterns repeat. yet it looks so different from your inspiration. i want to make a quilt inspired by that!