Wednesday, June 10, 2009
old and new
This quilt was made by the grandmother-in-law of one of my business partners, and when we set up our new little office last summer, she started talking about how nice it would be to hang it in our "conference room". I had a couple of small quilts of mine hanging in the other room, which we share as an office. Eventually I picked up the quilt at her house, and sewed a hanging sleeve on the back, and then it sat for months while we a) tried to figure out how to hang it without ripping big holes in the wallboard, 'cause it weighs a ton and b) waited for one of the husbands to come and help.
Recently, she and her DH have been shuttling back & forth across the country dealing with aging parent health issues (and a funeral) and I decided to take matters into my own hands! I have to give credit to my DH for the inspiration to create a frame to hang it from, but I did it all myself -- very easy, actually, except for wrestling all that fabric around and trying to keep the frame upright while screwing the little brackets into the wall.
Of course I got a big teary hug when she saw it on Monday... and it's situated where she can see it when she's sitting at her desk. It's all made by hand, a little wonky, with some interesting jacquard bedspread material on the back and wrapped around to the front instead of binding.
And the new: I finally put the last border on my Shakespeare in the Park top. This is too big for me to quilt so it will be next up to send off for some swirly stitching!