Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Back In the Swing of Things

I'm back!  A month off from blogging as I had two cataract surgeries.  Not much stitching happened in December as I had many days of blurry vision.  Now my vision is clear and my needle flying.

I want to share a picture of my completed "Shenandoah Botanical" quilt.  It was done a year ago but I could not share a picture as it was going to be hanging in the Virginia Quilt museum for several months.  Then many of the quilts from the museum display traveled to the big quilt show in Houston.  The quilt returned home yesterday.


The pattern is available from the museum along with patterns made from other antique quilts.  Here is a link.

I was not able to visit the museum display nor the go to the Houston Quilt Show but I did see many pictures of the various quilts made from the same pattern.  I was able to view videos of the Houston display.  The variety of color, block size and placement, block arrangement, etc. was oh so interesting.

I chose two dark brown backgrounds for my quilt.  I used a quilt as you go technique for machine quilting and then sewing the blocks together.  Something I had only attempted one other time.

I look forward to making another quilt from one of the museum patterns.

Karen

33 comments:

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Happy New Year--Karen--so happy to hear that you eyes are better--and now like you said--
really watch that needle fly--
love the quilt and to think of how it was displayed and enjoyed by so many must make your hear happy too-glad it found it's way back home to you--
love, diane

Randy D. said...

Glad that you're back and your eyes are corrected! Your Shenandoah quilt is spectacular!
I can't believe you sewed it needing cataract surgery...
Can't wait to see what you sew next!
xxxs,
randy

Julierose said...

Happy to hear that your surgeries went well--isn't it amazing how much better your vision i afterwards....i do miss being nearsighted though...but i can thread a needle now--just remember to hold it far enough away!!
that is a stunning quilt you made...hugs for a happy New Year Julierose

Raewyn said...

Happy New Year! Good to hear your vision has improved and your needle is flying :-) Beautiful quilt - and how exciting that it's had such an interesting time hanging in the museum and at Houston!

Pat said...

Your Botanical quilt will have quite a travel history attached to it - love the chocolatey brown goodness of it! Have been so tempted to try the QAYG method - perhaps you could share more about how that worked for you. I have seen some wonderful echo quilting done on each block but it is the joining together with the strips that has me nervous. Enjoy your new clarity following eye surgery...I found colors to have a new brightness again. Happy New Year to you and Happy Stitching!

Lori said...

Glad you are stitching again! I loved your quilt with the dark background!!

momto1 said...

So glad your surgeries went well. I saw your quilt in Houston, and it was my favorite rendition of that pattern! What genius, putting it on the brown background. I love all your work, though! Happy New Year!

Teresa said...

Beautiful quilt, I never thought of using a dark brown for the background but sure looks nice on your quilt. When I had my cataract surgery I was amazed how brighter colors looked. Did you have that experience?

Quilting Babcia said...

So good to hear your cataract surgeries went well and that you're doing so well now. I had the same surgeries the first and second week of November, and sadly still struggling with close vision. Hopefully the 2nd prescription glasses will be better than the first. We quilters go stir-crazy when we can't see! Your Shenandoah Botanical is gorgeous!

Danice G said...

So glad you eyes are better now. The Shenandoah quilt is gorgeous. That ark background really looks great.

The Civil War Quilter said...

I had my cataract surgeries in December 2017. I'm glad yours was successful. I see better than ever after mine.

WoolenSails said...

I am glad that your eyes are doing better now and you can enjoy quilting again.
Your quilt is gorgeous, really love the appliqué that you do.

Debbie

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

I absolutely love your version of the quilt! The dark brown background is so earthy and so pretty at the same time. Glad you are able to be stitching again. Happy new year!

Janet O. said...

I'm glad the cataract surgeries were successful!
That is a gorgeous quilt, and the honor of having it displayed at the museum and at Houston was very well deserved.

Annemieke said...

Lovely this quilt in brown! Good for you your eyes are better now! Have a very good 2019!
Groetjes
Annemieke

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I'm glad to hear that your cataract surgery was successful and you can get back to your stitching! I've always been taken with your beautiful quilt and your choice of the dark background. What a thrill to have it displayed and traveling to share with others.

Cathy said...

Your quilt is so beautiful. I'm glad that you are able to stitch again. We're back to working on our Dearest Boy quilt this month. And new projects are beginning. Happy New Year. Hugs

em's scrapbag said...

It must be nice to have your traveling quilt home. It is beautiful.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

So happy you are back and that the surgeries went well. I adore your version of Esther's quilt. Just gorgeous! Here's to a year full of quilty fun! Hugs!

audrey said...

So glad everything went well and you're back to stitching again! This was one of my faves of all these quilts! So gorgeous!

Jeanna said...

Happy New Year, Karen. Happy to hear your surgeries went well and you are back to stitching again. Hope you had a nice visit with your sister-in-law, too.

Rebecca in AK said...

Happy New Year to you and yours! So glad to hear the surgeries went well. Your quilt is absolutely amazing with the dark backgrounds. I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations in 2019!

Kyle said...

Happy New Year! Having your beautiful quilt arrive home safely is a great way to start the year and a big relief. Glad your eyes are better than ever and your needle is flying once again. We'll be looking forward to your new projects.

Allie said...

Happy New Year - so glad your surgeries went so well, Karen!!!! Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous, what an honor to hang in the museum and travel to the big show in Houston - too bad you couldn't go too! I really, really love the brown backgrounds, what an amazing quilt!

Karrin Hurd said...

What a beautiful quilt, and so good to have you back!

Nancy said...

I was just thinking of you the other day, Karen, and that I hadn't seen a post in a while. I'm so glad your surgeries worked and your eyes are in great shape. A quilter losing her vision would be an awful thing!

Your finished quilt is just gorgeous. You are such a meticulous appliquer. I love the brown background.

moosecraft said...

Welcome back! Glad to hear everything went well with the surgery! Your quilt is beautiful....I'm sure plenty of folks admired it throughout it's travels!

Little Penpen said...

I hope you are seeing "like a hawk" these days! So happy that's behind you and you can get back to your sewing. The Shenandoah quilt is beautiful and what an honor to have it hanging in the museum and the quilt show. You are amazing!

Sharon said...

I absolutely adore this quilt. the darker background makes it very interesting and congratulations on having it out on tour. I bet you are glad to have it home safe and sound. Here's to a very happy, healthy and stitch filled 2019!

Marie said...

Your quilt is beautiful - that brown background really makes the blocks shine.

belarmina said...

Karen Felicidades!! es tan precioso.
Me gustan tus colores y tu buen trabajo.
Tengo este patrón en espera de hacer.
¡¡Enhorabuena!!
Te deseo Buen año 2019

Mary A said...

Love your botanical quilt! How exciting is it to have it displayed in Houston? I was at Houston last year and it was indeed an honor! I know you must be thrilled to have your eyesight restored. I am anticipating my cataract surgery and can't wait!

Nines said...

Quilt is amazing- such talent and tenacity! Especially love the brown back ground.