Saturday, October 10, 2009

Basket Case Is Finished

Basket Case is finished. (sorry for the poor pictures....it is a very overcast day) It has even been washed and dried, removing all the markings, and giving it that crinkle that makes a quilt. The texture is wonderful and I am amazed at how heavy it is.
I cut, made, machine attached, and hand sewed the binding ALL IN ONE DAY! It was a long day, but I put in the last hand, binding stitch at bedtime last night.Soon it will be handed over so it can go to it's new owner. It is always bittersweet to finish a big quilt. One one hand, it is a satisfying feeling and one that gives you a sense of accomplishment. On the other hand, if you are giving the quilt away, it is a sense of loss. Loss of a dear friend....something you have invested a piece of yourself into. Though I will say, giving a quilt is one of life's high points! There are many prayers in my quilts. A lot of the time, I pray as I quilt. Mostly for the person I am making the quilt for, but also for other situations. The Basket Case holds prayers for my mother-in-love, my own mom, my recent health issues, several bloggy and real-life friends, Sweetheart, my children and grandchildren....the list goes on.

On to new projects....or old ones, waiting in the wings!!!!

18 comments:

A Joyful Chaos said...

The quilt is gorgeous! you are very talented.

Dani said...

Thank you for sharing the finished quilt with us, it turned out beautifully!

Christa said...

What a wonderful quilt!
Thanks for sharing.

Christa

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Beautiful!

Sue said...

That came out great! How wonderful to be done with it weeks before Christmas!

Andrea Cherie said...

Wow, I can't believe you are giving such an art piece away...but I guess you'd have a house FULL of quilts if you never did!

Donetta said...

Sorta like casting your prayers to the waters...so to speak.
Bren it is just beautiful!
Think of it ...the love that will envelop it's new owner as they are curled up in it...
and you know Bren there is nothing like being loved.

Nancy said...

Bren, it is beautiful. I admire anyone that hand quilts. It's such a lost art... I am machine quilting a Stitching Diva quilt of Linda's. I hope to get the binding on tonight so I can hand stitch it tomorrow as I sit and sell raffle tickets for our guild quilt...

Copper's Wife said...

I have just one word....Gorgeous!

Winona said...

Bren, I agree with everyone else. You Basket Case is just gorgeous! I know how many hours you have in this quilt. It is definitely a work of love! By the way, my middle left finger still doesn't look like yours did the other day, but it sure is sore tonight. I have been handquilting up a storm this weekend. I may have to take a break and do some redwork. Have a blessed Sunday. Winona

karenfae said...

sometimes it is sad to see the end of making a quilt and passing it on to someone else - but then I get all inspired to make another one! the quilting frame (or hoop) is empty and so many ideas waiting for me to fill it back up again!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Love Bears All Things said...

It is very pretty.
Mama Bear

Debi said...

Your quilt is so beautiful, I love the colors.

julieQ said...

Your quilt is so pretty, I know it will be a blessing for the recipient. Great work as usually, Bren.

Jeanne said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish! Your quilt is so pretty and I'm sure it will be cherished and loved by its new owner.

Fruit of her hands said...

Bren~ You did such a good job on this quilt and I am sure the person who is getting it will just treasure it. I sure admire your dilligence in getting things done, can you send me some....I have so many projects but none finished. Right now I have so many it's just overwhelming at times.
Have a wonderful Sunday...
Blessings,Joann

Crispy said...

Congradulations Bren!! It is such a beautiful quilt and I'm sure will be well loved by the next owner.

Crispy

Guðrún said...

The quilt is just gorgeous.