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Naming Quilts

Yes, Ma’am, damn!

I often get name suggestions for quilts from friends. A discussion or comment leads to a great name, and after some contemplation, I realize there is no better name for my quilt. Or a friend is inspiration for a quilt and so named. This is one of those quilts.

My friend, we’ll call her T, was the inspiration behind this quilt, but more importantly behind the name of this quilt. T is my mother’s age. She’s fantastically talented, and full of wisdom. I admire and respect her greatly. I’ve learned a lot from her about quilting, and life. All that said, T used to get angry at me for saying Yes, ma’am (she still does, in fact).

Over the years I tried to stop myself from using the dreaded 4 letter MA’AM word, but, I failed. It became a joke that I’d reply to her by saying “Yes, ma…”, catching myself mid word, then I’d mutter a REAL 4 letter word under my breath so as to not offend anyone that was around. T would always laugh at me, and joke about how my mother raised me right (this is the South, after all) but it wasn’t necessary with her. She knew ma’am was always said to her with the utmost respect, even if she hated the word, and I tried, I really, really tried, to stop saying it. I just couldn’t.

T made a quilt that inspired me to make this one, and since she was always fussing at me for using *that* dreaded 4 letter word, I could think of no better way to name this piece. She inspired the quilt, and the name…alas, Yes, Ma’am, damn! was born.

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Makin’ Headway

Little Mister is with my parents for the week. He calls it Camp Mimi and Papa. I call it a much needed reprieve, though truth be told I miss him terribly and am ready for him to come home. I have one more day to be productive. I made certain the house was mostly clean and organized on Sunday so I could ignore it this week to sew. It’s been quite nice.

I’m making headway on this quilt that I blogged about in November. I’m almost finished with the quilting and am extremely happy with how it looks.

A close up view

I pressed all the seams open and initially was stitching “in the ditch”, except there wasn’t much of a ditch. After a few passes I took out those stitches and started sewing straight lines through the middle of each piece.

I always love an opportunity to practice my free motion quilting. After all, practice makes perfect. I outlined the leaves and stitched in the veins. The tree has a planned, stipple-like wave quilting and all the flowers outline the outside edge.

The quilt really looks great!  It’s well quilted but the quilting doesn’t take away from the overall design. I can’t wait to show you the finished product. I’m hopeful that I’ll finish the quilting tomorrow and get it bound by this weekend.

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Quilt Transformation – part two

What began as a blendy, rainbow type quilt has ended as a red quilt. I have to say that it surprises me a bit because I don’t generally gravitate towards red*. Don’t get me wrong, red is a lovely color, but I think it’s more than fair to say that I wouldn’t make a red quilt just “because”.

I completely forgot to snap a photo of the quilt while I was auditioning the sashing and cornerstones but, oh, well. It took me a while to decide on the borders. This quilt is made entirely of scraps (except a few pieces like the sashing) so it seemed appropriate to have a scrappy border.

To answer what may come to mind** – no, the center blocks are not paper pieced and yes, the edges are all bias. A lot of patience, practice and precision required if you intend to duplicate.  The sashing keeps the quilt from getting wonky and wavy. The edges of the border are all bias as well so I stay-stitched along the edge.

* let it be known that my favorite color is blue and has been since I was about six.

** yes, I should take another photo of the blocks so I don’t have a thread in the middle but, quite frankly, I’m very proud of this quilt and want to share it as quickly as possible. woot, woot!!!