Bumper To Bumper Quilts

It occurred to me my quilt finishes are like buses. Let me explain what brought such an analogy to mind. I relied on the Philadelphia transit system to go everywhere when I was growing up. If the bus didn’t go there, neither did I. Such intimacy with the vagaries of transit schedules made me all too aware of the tendency of buses to cluster. I’d wait 30 minutes for a bus and then 2 or 3 would arrive.

I’ve been waiting a month for a quilt finish and now 3 have arrived. None are large but I now feel that sense of completion I’d been missing. May I present Flaming Out, Z Is For Zoom, and Tidal Marsh in Spring.

Flaming OutFlaming Out was originally a sketch to illustrate movement, but I thought it would work for a art quilt group challenge piece. The challenge was to use the background fabric, which was designed by a group member. She won a SAQA contest with this.

Z Is For Zoom

Z detail

Z Is For Zoom was also a master class sketch for movement.  The horizontal quilting was done by machine; the vertical by hand.

Marsh In Spring

Marsh In Spring detail2

Tidal Marsh in Spring was also a master class project, but more importantly to me it’s the third in a series of quilts about this scene.

Of course, I still need to finish such housekeeping details as hand sewing the facings, but the pieces will go into my portable projects bag and get done eventually.



Filed under Art quilts, Completed Projects

10 responses to “Bumper To Bumper Quilts

  1. Katie

    Looking gantastic

  2. I like all 3 but I LOVE the landscape!

  3. Ann Scott

    So fun to see your finished pieces! Perfect use of the Asphalt Spatter and I love the landscape – just beautiful!

  4. Congratulations. They’re all smashing. Surprising to me, my favorite is Flaming Out. So many great details.

    I haven’t had a finish for quite a while. I’m still hand-quilting one piece and am waiting on longarm servicing and testing for a big bed quilt. And of course now I’ve started a new bed quilt that I can’t quilt… Feeling fairly patient, though I don’t like the sense of not “accomplishing” anything.

    • I too have difficulty taking the attitude that the journey matters as much as the destination. I’m surprised at your choice, too. Of course, I’m also surprised I made something that involved a car. The only problem with hand quilting this time of year is it gets hot with a quilt in your lap.

  5. Wow! Threes finishes?! That’s very inspiring!

    • As you know, my work is usually on the small side so the amount of sewing involved isn’t as much as that required for a bed size quilt. However, I believe the thinking time involved is more. At least that’s what I tell myself.

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