Saturday, March 6, 2010

Another Old Wallhanging

One of my first wallhangings - I think this is dated in 1983. We were living in Overland Park in Kansas and there was a shopping center just a few blocks from our home. In that center was a quilt shop called Quilters Stitch where I took quite a few classes. Not just quilting classes but smocking, theorum painting, and fabric stencilling that I can remember. This was the result of a class in hand applique. I remember that the clusters of three red colonial knots I did in the upper scrolls were appliqued circles on the pattern but I could not see myself doing that so just did the big knots. The candles and flames were embroidered, and I hand buttonholed stitched around the triangles and the little caps of the ornaments hanging from the swag with leaves.
I left way too much white background around the lovely pattern and the quilting is minimal but it still is kind of pretty. This was quilted after I had learned how to use a thimble on each hand enabling me to make pretty, even, little quilting stitches. I am sure I could no longer take those tiny stitches but am glad that I did a lot of hand quilting. Now, however, I am so in awe of the people who can do such beautiful machine quilting. That is as much and maybe more of an art and accomplishment as doing so by hand. The world of quilting has certainly changed over the year and for the best. (Click to enlarge)

5 comments:

Pokey said...

It is more than 'kinda pretty', Carol. It so sweet, and the memory of the class you took is neat, too. Thanks for sharing it!

Leslie said...

Very pretty, Carol. I am working on my red wool applique blocks, remember you picked out the background red print fabric this fall in Gaylord. It is so pretty and I will bring a block to show you at the meeting. I must write myself a note or I will forget. lol

Tozz said...

I think it looks fabulous Carol and you have some lovely memories of making it also. :) hugs Vicki

joanne lendaro said...

It is very pretty! The stitching is amazing!

Karen said...

Another beautiful piece by Carol!!