Black Quilts

I accomplished a lot today, although I didn’t do what I had planned to do.  The recyclables are at the transfer station.  Unused clothes are at the Salvation Army.  My car is washed.  It looks like a new car.  Miss Molly’s nose prints are gone from the window.  Banking is done and groceries are in the house and put away.

I had intended to cut the white 5″ squares for the blue and white quilt and start sewing it, but noticed the 3 1/2″ strips for the Linus quilt sitting beside the machine.  The strips are sewn and waiting to be pressed.  The white fabric is still sitting on the cutting table.  Maybe tomorrow.

I usually don’t like black backgrounds on quilts.  Amish solid fabric quilts are fine.  The solid colors seem to sparkle.  I did make two quilts with black backgrounds.

IMG_1665The first was made in a class at the Vermont Quilt Festival.  I didn’t like it at all. It was a step out of my color range. It was dull and boring.  Shortly after I made the quilt, I won a $25 certificate for machine quilting.  I didn’t know the quilter and didn’t want to put a lot of money into a quilt if I didn’t know the results.  The certificate only covered part of the quilting.  The black quilt was small.  It would be the one that I sent.  When I received the quilt back, I was amazed at how beautiful it was.  The quilter did a beautiful job and brought the quilt to life.  Quilting does make the quilt. IMG_1666




IMG_1668The second quilt was made with some bright fabric that I usually bypass when picking fabric for a quilt.  Every once in a while, I pull fabric that I don’t like and make a quilt.  I wonder, sometimes, why that fabric is in my drawers.  Was it a gift?  Was it on sale?  Did it show up on my doorstep in the morning?  In case you are wondering about the last question, that did happen.  I woke up and found four trash bags full of fabric on my doorstep.  A friend had cleaned out her sewing room and left the fabric that she didn’t want on my doorstep.  Maybe, she wondered why she bought them.  I’ve made many beautiful quilts with her fabric.  One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

Tomorrow is another day.  It’s supposed to be a warm day with no wind, so I think I should spend some time in the yard.  Then a decision.  Do I finish the Linus quilt squares or work on the blue quilt?  Do I sew the new Moda or Simple Sampler or finish a UFO?  Decisions – decisions.

Have a great day and happy quilting.


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