Moving Blanket: Stengle

My friend Sarah is an accomplished maker of things. If you know her, you know. We’ve had an ongoing appointment on certain Tuesday evenings to get together to work on projects. Over time many women have worked with us; fun is had by all. When Sarah decided to move, it became clear to me that the best way to prepare for this shift was to offer some of her nears and dears a chance to participate in the creation of a Moving Blanket especially for her.

This particular quilt includes fabric Sarah gave me: the pink striped shirt she would wear in the studio, a night watch plaid shirt that belonged to her Dad. Anticipating a Tuesday night devoted specifically to preparing this quilt, I pulled out fabric that had been donated by mutual friends. As is my custom, almost no instruction was given, and people improvised with what they brought and what was available.

An unusual addition to this mix was the use of denim. Normally I use shirt weight material but because Sarah and I both love the Gee’s Bend quilts, it seemed appropriate to include some Levi’s 501 jeans in homage to those compositions of workclothes, which visually resonate like the most evocative Abstract Expressionist color field paintings.

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3 Responses to “Moving Blanket: Stengle”

  1. susupit9 says:

    I made some play mats and couldn’t beelive how quickly they went together I love the colours in your second photo. Nice to be reminded of the Summer. It is so cold here we had thick frost this morning brrrrr! Avis x

  2. susupit9 says:

    Your quilt back is actually quite elgneat. Maybe someone, somewhere will decide to make an inside out quilt. That way you could get some interesting fraying, like a rag quilt.

  3. susupit9 says:

    I’m playing catuhcp on blog reading and so sorry I missed the vote. But love your quilt backs. It takes time to make backs like that – and it’s art for both sides of the quilt. I often turn my quilts over and they’re pretty plain on the back. Also love the ME quilting. At our LQS, they have a beautiful quilt that was pieced and basted and then each block was quilted in the machine. One just has to be careful to manage the weight of the quilt so it doesn’t affect the movement of the embroidery machine. I am like you that I like the continuous designs too. EmbLib has some good ones.

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