Saturday, March 11, 2017

Quilter's Laundry Day--My Favorite Kind


Today is the day!  Time to grab the laundry and hang it out on the line!  A few weeks ago, Jen at A Dream and A Stitch and Jan at Color, Creating and Quilting announced sign ups for a blog hop featuring Jen's new pattern Quilter's Laundry Day.  As soon as I laid eyes on the pattern, I knew there were endless quilting possibilities waiting for me.

I quickly sent an email to Jen signing up for the hop and headed to the back room for my stash.  The possibilities for the 4" quilt are endless!  When deciding on the quilt that would hang on my line, I went with something sort of simple that I could add more intricate quilting too.



You see, I'm pretty sure this quilt was a wedding gift for the couple that lives in the house.  Wait! No!  It was the wedding quilt of the woman's great grand mother that she inherited.  So much love and family history in that little quilt.

 Her most favorite thing to do, on a fresh Spring day, when the sun is shinning and the crisp air is softly blowing, is to walk across the rolling hills barefoot, feeling the soft carpet of spring grass between her toes, and hang her freshly washed quilt on the line to dry.  There is nothing quite like the fresh clean smell of a quilt that has been hung on the line.

So when it came time for quilting, I pulled out my Aurifil stash to choose just the right colors to bring life to this cozy little scene.




The very first thing I quilted was the little quilt itself.  I knew it must contain some of my favorite classic quilting motifs...feathers, orange peels and cross hatching.  


For the rest of the quilting, I just kind of let the quilt talk to me.


Much like my outbuilding, the poles that hold up the clothesline have a nice wood-grain on them.  As you can see from the wavy lines, the ground is made up of soft rolling hills, much like my beloved home.



The road leading up to the house is a cobblestone driveway with sprouts of flowers popping up everywhere.


To finish this quilt off, I chose a simple black and white polka dot binding. 


Thankfully, mother nature gave me a sunny warm day to take my mini outside and snap some pictures.  And of course, this photo shoot could not be complete without  a picture of it on...my clothesline.


I hope you've enjoyed reading about my version of Quilter's Laundry Day.  Don't forget to check out everyone else on the blog hop today and yesterday's participants.  Also, make sure you visit our hosts at A Dream and A Stitch and Color, Creating and Quilting for a chance to win some awesome prizes.  Below is a list of all the hop participants.

Saturday March 11th
Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting
Sola at Alice Samuels Quilt Co
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Steffi at Steffi's Hobbys
Tami at Sew Much for Free Time
Suzy Webster at Adventurous Applique & Quilting
Mary Marcotte at Fleur de Lis Quilts & Accessories
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps

Friday March 10th
Jen Rosin at A Dream and a Stitch
Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clark at Anja Quilts
Diann at Little Penguin Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy and Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizze the Quilter
Sandra Walker at mmm!quilts


Gotta love a quilt blowing in the wind. 



31 comments:

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

I completely bought into the story behind your mini quilt, I had an ahhhhh!!! moment when you said it was her grandmothers wedding quilt. I so love how you quilted it, when I looked at the grass I could imagine the uneven surface (and thats because my garden slopes so may different ways) , the sky looks like it has swirling clouds and I just love the quilting on her grandmothers wedding quilt. So clever.

Vicki in MN said...

It turned out darling, love how you quilted it.

Sharon Denney Parcel said...

Fabulous, Tish! I love all the special quilting details...you rock!

Jayne said...

Love your story! The quilting on the quilt...I knew you would kill this with your quilting...you nailed it and I give you mad props on that! This is so fun seeing everyones houses...yours is amazing!

rosemaryschild said...

Love your quilt-quilting is wonderful!

Suzy Webster said...

I love the black polka dot binding. It's so fun

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Oh Tish this quilt is delish! Keeping it simple and letting your quilting shine was a great idea. And I just love that photo at the end with the quilt blowing in the wind. Perfect!

Sew Much For Free Time said...

Wow. You really quilted the life into that mini mini hanging on the line. You managed to make it look like the cherished heirloom that it is! And I LOVE the pebbling in your roadway. Very enjoyable post, Tish!

Jen said...

I love the little story. :) Your quilting does shine on this mini. I can picture myself in the grass with the light breeze blowing. Just lovely! Thanks for joining us!

Emily said...

Lovely, Tish! I've had such fun seeing everyone's houses. Your quilting is awesome!

Janice Holton said...

Tish, the minute I saw your Instagram post showing the quilting on the back I couldn't wait to see your version! I was not disappointed! And a great story to go along with. Your quilting is delicious!

Jen Strauser said...

OMG, Tish. Those tiny feathers are KILLING me. Great job!

Susan said...

Very nice Tish - love the pebble quilting!

Lisa J. said...

Beautiful Tish: I love the feathers on the mini mini!

allthingzsewn said...

Beautifully done. Love the store too. What I really want to know is what type of machine did you quilt this on? Domestic?

Julie said...

Fly 'em high, Tish! You got a beautiful day to photograph your lovely work. Love the story, your pebbles rock, and your feathers knocked me over. ; ) Always fun to play together with my best buds!

Stitchin At Home said...

Beautiful story Tish. Love the quilting as usual you rocked it. The feathers in the mini quilt WOW!

Lori said...

wow this is so sweet and fun. you have done a fabulous job here. thanks

jann said...

what beautiful quilting! Love the tiny feathers and the grass....and the pebbles and the sky..the whole thing!

JanineMarie said...

I love the back story and the sweet simplicity of your quilt. The quilting is spot on to share the story. Those last two photos are priceless. I imagine the last one saying, "Whoopie!" and now I'm thinking about the smell of line-dried laundry. Mmmm...

KaHolly said...

Oh, Tish, it's wonderful! The quilting really finishes it nicely and gives it life! XO

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your quilting gives this little quilt so much depth and texture! I love the story it tells, too. Beautiful finish!

Sandra Walker said...

I just love the texture you created with your beautiful quilting, an echo of your own beloved home. The BEST is that you photographed it ON your clothesline! Perfection!!

Stitches said...

Wow, your little house piece is awesome. I love the quilting on the little quilt, you did an exceptional job...love it!!

Said With Love said...

I love your story about your house and quilt! and your quilting is really great... all the little bits are gorgeous!!

Leanne said...

Wow, your quilting is awesome. I love your quilt.

Sue said...

I really like the colours you've used in this quilt! Have you always been quilting like this? It's the perfect showcase for your work! The photos were spectacular - well done!

Preeti Harris said...

Oh the breezy quilting and the pebble walk!!!

AmyScrapSpot said...

Your blocks is super cute! Your quilting really sets it off!

Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats said...

Oh my! The quilting is just beautiful and so appropriare love the cobblestones, the little quilt, and the story. You've outdone yourself on this one. I have to go back and look at the house again. Great job.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Wow...your quilting is amazing. It suits each little section perfectly. Well done.

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