Tuesday, April 27, 2021

CaBa - a commissioned family memory lane quilt

Back in February I have also been commissioned to make a family memory quilt. My client gave me a stack of worn clothes from family members of different generations. The idea was to make a memory quilt she wants to gift to her daughter as a wedding present. I was thrilled and honoured. I made her various proposals of design options and she chose a string quilt. 

Long story short, what started out with this

resulted into this

It measures 174 x 137 cm, turned out pretty soft and cuddly and I couldn't be happier with the result. The best part about it though is that my client is as happy as I am if not even more.

Yesterday was the day, when she and her husband came by to pick up the finished quilt.

You can check my Instagram feed to see tons of work in progress pictures and more.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Rose - a commissioned babyquilt // 2 and last !

As promised, here is the finished quilt. My client just left with her new purchase and I'm so glad she really loved it. She loved my fabric additions and layout choices. And also was very pleased with the striped binding. This has been such a great new experience. Lots of first times. First time making a quilt on order, first time starting with fabrics given to me, first time no pre-washing the fabrics to achieve stronger fluffiness, first time adding false piping to the binding.

Here it is. Rose. 114 x 114 cm. Machine pieced and machine quilted.

And here it is with its happy new owner at the very moment she first got to see it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Rose - a commissioned babyquilt // 1

Last week I finished a babyquilt. It is my first commission and my client is the grandmother who ordered the quilt for herself for when baby comes to visit. She had visited my exhibit last September and got inspired to have her own custom made quilt. She went ahead and bought fabrics with darling baby prints and brought them to me. I was free to make whatever I wanted, using some or all of the fabrics, adding others, choosing the design. We only agreed on the approximate size of the finished quilt. It's been a fantastic challenge for me. At first I was a bit overwhelmed with her fabric choices. Mostly large prints, mostly same value colors. I had to invent a design that would showcase the lovely prints. This has been my first order and a different experience in quilt making. I've made many quilts to be gifted before, thinking of the recipient during the process of designing and making the quilt. This time, being it an order, there was an additional aspect to be considered. The pressure of making something, the client will happily pay for.

Long story short, here are pictures of the making of. I'll be back with the finished quilt later this week and at that time I'll also know how it's been received.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Dark And Light aka A Home For All // 5 and last !

I'm happy I also was able to finish this quilt. It's nice to end the year with completed work and make room for new beginnings.

While Hugs And Kisses has been (and still is) my companion helping me process these pandemic times, Dark And Light aka A Home For All has been created while processing thoughts and feelings related to injustice, racism, violence, poverty, migration and flight. Themes unfortunately not just relevant to 2020 but more predominant than ever. Hopes that the world may become a better place battered once again. What or whom am I waiting for?

Making this quilt has been a strange almost weird experience. The improvised log cabins were an easy, mindless, joyful sewing while the thinking and sometimes sheer incredulity about humankind were and still are heavy and exasperating.

Dark and light for our different skin colors. Log cabins for homes that everyone should have.
180 x 119 cm.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Hugs And Kisses // 5 and last !

It's all finished. What can I say, I'm in love! For so many reasons.

I started this quilt last December with certain expectations about what the next months were going to bring. We all know, that 2020 had a total different plan for us ahead. This quilt has been my companion during this often incomprehensible time giving me many occasions to calm down during the meditative hand sewing process. It is soaked with my feelings and thoughts, has become a devoted friend and done its name more than justice since the start. Aren't these colors just some hugs and kisses? I'm keeping this quilt to myself. It will continue to be kind to me.

Pieced (epp) and quilted by hand, measuring 160 x 125 cm.

A load of love to be wrapped into.

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