This page is following the Blogging 101: Make a New Page assignment. Revisions will follow after the post has time to sit and simmer. In one sense this also fulfills the requirement for My Personality on the Page.
I am not obsessive compulsive, but I have always eaten the last few nuts in the dish, cleaned my kids plates (as in eat their food) if they did not finish a meal, made sure spoons were large enough to stand in a bowl without sinking into the food, and rinsed my dishes before I washed them by hand. I always enjoyed placing my cups and glasses in a straight line in the cabinet. If you watched me put away dishes, you might think I did a lot of unnecessary work to line them up like little soldiers, but the organization made me happy. I felt clean and valiant after an hour in the kitchen. House guests who wanted to help me do dishes after a meal have whined, “Can’t you do it differently just while we are here?”
With that as a background, can you imagine just how much time I spent planning and organizing this quilt for my son and his wife? I have been years in the process. It is mostly finished, and I wanted to share it with you today.
Putting on the first border was the last step before adding the drop-down borders to make the quilt fit the bed. The “windows” are tiny cross stitched pictures of Indian daily life done on linen–all memories from the time of poverty in the development of the nation. Black sashing represents the iron bars which cover every opening, thus preventing thieves from entering windows or doors.
Readers should know this story about our son before we move on. I first thought of calling the quilt Seraglio Windows. Even though the verse below seems to fit, I certainly do not want to call it Prison Windows. The theme idea is that someone is on the inside looking out upon the spectacular world where our son was born and grew up.
Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone, that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.
Lines 25-32 from a poem called
“To Althea from Prison”
by Richard Lovelace
Border cloth was chosen to approximate the appearance of the houses, the little cement fortresses found in most Indian architecture. The fabric line is Stonehenge but has no relationship to the place in England. Finally, the pillow shams are extensions of the whole quilt–just a smaller version.
While I was trying to finish the last trimmings on the king sized shams I was working at Brett & Cindy’s home (eldest son and his wife). Their second son, James, has a tomcat. Enough said…
Just try to sew on a binding when a cat is around. You will find you are wasting your time trying to chase him away! What is it about cats and quilts?
I can’t possibly forget this unfinished beauty! This is the pillow meant to draw the quilt front and back together.
One short update with photos to let you see the progress of the pillow under construction. My eldest daughter couldn’t let this one go for some reason and has taken time to learn to do the long and short stitch from Mary Corbet’s Needle and Thread found at http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/10/ten-embroidery-stitches-to-know.html
AND a little bit more of the same regal bird.
And one more for detail.
Selected yardage from Hancocks-Paducah.com
Timeless Treasures Plume Collection
Stonehenge by Sunshine Cottage