I’ve decided that Paisley Pavane is my favorite quilt, if I’m just thinking about the design. I made this quilt for the New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest a few years ago, and I enjoyed every minute of the making. Every part of the quilt was a leftover from other (failed) projects, and it’s just so fun that it all came together so well. I used my embroidery machine seriously for the first time, and developed some really cool techniques to solve various issues along the way that I still use today.
Paisley Pavane hangs on the wall in our dining room (and pretty much takes over the room), so I see it all day long as I go to and from the kitchen, and I never get tired of looking at it. The light from the window bounces off the 3,000+ Swarovski crystals and the whole thing sparkles as I walk by.
A friend was here for dinner the other evening, and he studied the quilt for quite some time, and finally asked what it was made of, and if it was really fabric. I asked what he meant, and he said the black fabric looked like it was rubber or something! The background fabric is black sateen, and it does kind of look a bit artificial and almost rubbery because of the sheen, and it was especially pronounced the way the light in the room was affecting the quilt right then. It’s always interesting to hear what a non-quilter will say about textile art!
One of the reasons that this quilt is my favorite is that if I made it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. With so many of the projects I make, there are little things that I would change or improve upon if I had it to do over again, but not this one. When I look at it, I think it’s perfect just the way it is, and I was thinking the other day how I’d like to make something similar again, because it was so enjoyable and turned out so well. Other than that, burgundy and green has been my favorite color combination for longer than I can remember, and I don’t think that will ever change!
As I said, Paisley Pavane is my favorite quilt if I’m just thinking about the design. But I have another favorite quilt that is a bit shabbier looking, but it makes my heart sing.
It’s been slept with, dragged, carried, cuddled, snuggled, and well loved. I made this quilt for my oldest daughter when she was little from a pattern in The Cat’s Meow by Janet Kime. It’s a scrappy quilt, with each cat having a matching spool in the border.
The background fabric is a plain muslin, and I stitched in the ditch around the patchwork pieces. I took my first hand quilting stitches in this quilt to make the hearts between the pairs of cats, when I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t have the right needle or thread and I was trying to do it without a thimble!
These two quilts are what it’s all about: quilting for the joy of it, and for the joy it brings to those you love. Simple, yet heartwarming.
Thanks go to Amy @ Park City Girl for calling all quilters to participate in the First Annual Bloggers Quilt Festival! I can’t wait to visit with everyone and see all the quilts!