10 April, 2012

The Quilt Closet

Stars and Scraps Forever ~  68" X 86"
I know you've seen this quilt before; I haven't posted a photo, though, since it was completely and totally done! Looking at this image of the finished design I realize now that it could be improved if it were an odd number of blocks across and down, that way I could place star blocks in each of the four corners and anchor the layout better that way.  This quilt is the first one to go directly into The Quilt Closet; since it's an otherwise unassigned quilt, my plan has been to stockpile finished quilts such as this one in a dedicated space for gifting when unexpected, quilt-needing, occasions arise. I have scrounged, in the past, to find finished quilts to give to neighbors and friends dealing with serious situations; now I'll have a  go-to supply ready and waiting.  I had help with the finishing on this one, Salem Stitcher's Shelby cuddled up on one side as I whipped down the binding at a recent Bee meeting... maybe she has her own ideas about this particular quilt being otherwise unassigned, she didn't even seem to notice (or care about) the design oversight!

Life is Good!

14 comments:

julieQ said...

I do like this quilt so much! I think it a great idea to have quilts ready to gift...wonderful!

Anne Heidi said...

Oh I love the quilt- such a great idea to have a couple of quilts ready for gifts :-)

Mama Spark said...

Beautiful quilt. Nice finish!

Salem Stitcher said...

Well, you know Shelby is an expert quilt tester.

It is a lovely quilt and I like the "design flaw" actually.

Karen said...

What a great idea to stockpile quilts. I see what you're saying about the layout, but I bet it's more noticable in the picture than it is in person. It's wonderful.

Janet O. said...

I love the idea of having quilts "ready to gift". I have been the beneficiary of someone else who was thus prepared. I just can't seem to get ahead on the list of quilts I have already promised to people in order to have "extra".
This is a very nice quilt--when in use I doubt anyone spreads out the quilt to check the balance of the design.
It does appear as though Shelby feels a degree of ownership there. : )

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

I like the idea of the quilt closet. I have several finished tops but at present must pay a long-armer to finish them -- not very many of them warrant hand quilting. I really should try machine quilting again.

Teresa in Music City said...

I think we worry about balance too much sometimes - It is amazing just as it is! I also love your idea of the quilt closet - if I ever get to the point where my quilts are not going somewhere even before I make them I'd like to start a quilt closet too!

LizA. said...

I see your point about wanting star in all four corners but even still, it's a wonderful quilt and I know it will make some lucky recipient very happy.

Paula TheQuilter said...

It *is* a good idea to have quilts at hand for gifting. My quilt closet is depleted and needs to be restocked.

Quiltdivajulie said...

One quilt was removed from my "quilt closet" - for a co-worker's DIL who had to have emergency surgery 2 days after moving into their new house (with two little ones under the age of 6) - and who's father has advanced ALS . . . if anyone needs a quilt, she does! Congrats on your finish and best wishes for your gifting efforts!

lindsey said...

This is beautiful, so clever.

Nane said...

I have been having a little trouble with a pinched nerve...but bet thats not reason enough for me to get this quilt ;) I love the idea of having some ready for a friend in crisis...and wow the scraps this one used!!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

This is such a beautiful quilt! blessings, marlene