One of the other reasons I went to STITCHES midwest was to visit my parents. While we were there, Lisa and I quilted on my mom’s antique quilt top. She received the hand sewn quilt top from her great grandmother (I think) who made it during the 1930s. It’s gorgeous and also huge! She used hundreds of different fabrics to create the fan shapes, and they’re all beautiful. We’re still not sure how she acquired all these fabrics.
My mom made the quilt frame which is also huge. In the weeks before Lisa and I came to visit, she basted the backing to the quilt top. Then she asked Lisa and me to help her do the quilting. Lisa used to be a quilter, so she was off and sewing like the wind. Then there’s me. Let me just say that I will not be adding another hobby to my list. First, you have to use this teeny tiny needle. Second, if you don’t use a thimble, your fingers turn into a sieve. Third, you’re not allowed to just poke the needle up and down through the fabric (which would have worked fine with me). You have to do some sort of rocking stitch. So after about 20 minutes of frustration, I figured I’d try quilting left handed (I’m right handed), which turns out was easier. But that doesn’t mean that I was any good at it either handed. So after struggling another 10 minutes, I surreptitiously got out my jaywalkers and sat there pretending I was quilting when I was actually knitting under the quilt. I got caught and thankfully relieved of my quilting duties. This story isn’t meant to belittle the act of quilting. I think quilts are beautiful and I certainly understand the work that goes into them. I just think I’ll stick to something easier like knitting.
Also, I wanted to post a picture of the yarn I bought from the STITCHES market. It’s 100% merino hand painted sock yarn from Gypsy Girl Creations. The colorway is called Blue Hawaii. And as you can see from the photo, the yarn on the left contains more purple than the other, while the one on the right has more dark green in it. They are the same dye lot, too. The ball band does have a disclaimer “No two skeins will be exactly alike even within the same dye lot”. I now have to figure out what to make with it. Socks? A scarf? A shawl? Gloves? Got any ideas?