The Housetop Quilts

Well, back when I started this blog, I talked about a challenge using solid colored fabrics, and then how I came up with an idea for “housetop quilts.”  I loved that idea so much that I’ve been working non-stop on those quilts ever since, and haven’t stopped long enough to write a blog about them!

I took Liz’s advice and checked out Gwen Marston’s website.  this quilt is all machine quilted, but I used some of Gwen’s ideas about quilting motifs.

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I took Juice’s advice and put the original inspiring verse in the center square.

This quilt was inspired by a beautiful painting done in Haiti.  It is nothing like the real picture, but I used some of the colors and the ideas of repetition of pattern for it.  Two of the verses that are very meaningful to Wendy and I (we have a project to provide sponsors for the children of Carrefour Poy, Haiti,) are included in this quilt.  I used some fancy machine stitches and embellished with some perle cotton.  I’m not quite finished embellishing.

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This next little quilt is not finished yet.  But all the quilting is done, and it is bound, because good grief!  Has anyone done any work with black fabric?  The lint that it attracts is astounding.  Anyway, I am going to include these powerful words in the middle of the cross:

I AM. I am the Alpha and Omega.  The Beginning and the End.  The First and the Last.  The one who is, and was, and is to come.  I AM he.

This quilt, with its dark center and the bright outer borders, reminded me that there is always hope, even in our darkest hours.  The verse that is included is one that provided hope to me, and then to my dad, during some dark times.  I am hand quilting this one, so you can still see some of the blue pen lines and the basting threads.

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And now I must get off to bed.  I am leaving early tomorrow morning for the Paducah Quilt show!!

I Am Rich

Can you believe how my stash of solid fabrics has grown?  I think often of how I am inspired by people who just use what they have and make art (like the Gees Bend quilters.)  I try to emulate that, but the truth is, I can (and do) go and buy fabric when the mood strikes.  But I am not referring to being rich in fabric (which I am.)  I am rich in so many other ways.  I am blessed with good friends, and my best friend went and bought me 1/3 yard (my favorite amount to buy) of almost every kona color imaginable!  That whole first row was a gift from my BFF!  As I told her, it was so fun to receive such an extravagant gift, but more than that, it made me feel that this new venture was validated, and it made me feel loved.

 

Here is the first little ‘art quilt’ that started my venture into using solids.  I finished embroidering the words, quilted it, and then used the backing fabric to do a quick machine binding.

Here is another way I am rich–my two little furry friends.  They are quite the pair–Sophie the dachshund was from a rescue organization, and Mr. Monk the pug came from the local pound–they gave him to me half-price because he was a senior citizen.  He is a jewel!  Do any of you use quilts for chair covers?

I am thoroughly enjoying my venture into ‘housetop’ quilts.  I have finished 4 tops already, and am in the midst of  quilting them.  Fun!