Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Time to retire my Favorite Quilt

Well it is time for me to admit that my favorite Log Cabin Quilt has to be set aside. This is one of the first larger quilts I ever made for myself. When quilters flannel first came on the scene they were actually brushed cotton, not very thick and really only plaids and a few prints. I made this quilt just to try it and see if I liked Log Cabin, who new that I would later have so many Log Cabin quilts and that even today it is still one of my favorites. If only you could feel this quilt, over years of washes it has become the softest and most thread bare quilt I own. I have been teased by my friends and family about how I drag this quilt everywhere with me, just call me Linus! There is something about a quilt from home that gives comfort when you need it. This quilt has traveled to Disneyland at least 5 times, it has been to Europe, Mexico, USA and where ever I travel in Canada. It has been through happy and sad times, collected many tears and laughs. How do you retire a quilt that is a part of your life story?  I have a new flannel quilt but funny enough I feel disloyal to my favorite, that is so sad! Oh well we all have our comfort items and some are harder to let go of than others. The funny thing about the quilt is that it is so thread bare that at night the threads tickle my nose, driving me crazy!  As you can see my sisters crazy cat, Gammie, likes it too!

As you can see there are parts of the quilt missing and the batting!

If there is a quilt around this cat finds it.
Besides contemplating my quilt I actually have been pretty busy this last week. First the most exciting part... I bought a new Sewing/Embroidery Machine! I have been taking so much training on The Ruby from Husqvarna I HAD to have one. Good thing I'm not married I would have a lot of explaining to do! I had a Topaz and totally loved it but this machine has a few more features that just make things easier. I'm sure having fun. I have sold my Topaz and it is going to a good home, but for now, until it goes to it's new home I have 2 really good sewing machines and that means I can sew twice the amount of projects! I have been working on a cutwork tablecloth on the Ruby and then on the Topaz all my other sewing, I just finished my sample for my Christmas Tea Class, so that is one thing off my list, only about 20 more to go!

This the Ruby stitching out the Cutwork design.......
and here is Topaz with Christmas Tea Sample being quilted.
Well I guess I better sign off, I was supposed to be working on my patterns tonight....oh how I love a good distraction!



  1. Congrat's on your new purchase. I don't know if I could let that quilt go as I'm pretty sentimental, like most quilters I'm sure.

  2. I noted your very thread bare log cabin quilt posting.
    A couple of years ago and Uncle gave me a quilt that was made in 1965 which was a piece of rag to say the least.
    I took the best parts of the quilt blocks, put fusible web on the back of said blocks, new sashings, backing, etc and it's now a lap quilt. To make sure it didn't fall apart, I stippled the quilt. It looks fabulous and is very bright now due to the fusing of the blocks.
    Just thought you might like to keep some of it.

  3. Natasha - welcome to the world of blogging. I am a fairly new quilter and I love to combine my quilting with machine embroidery. I look forward to following you often.

    Hugs - Marie

  4. Welcome to the world of blogging - you're truly going to have so much fun. And, enjoy your new 'toy'. woohoo!

  5. Welcome, Natasha. I became a follower and found you via Paulette's blog. Hope to get to know you better soon.

  6. First Welcome to the blog-o-sphere :O)
    I love your story about your quilt I totally understand your attachment to it.
    What a great new machine you have I am sure you will enjoy it.

  7. A new sewing machine - how fun! Welcome to the world of blogging! I found you via Sweep P Quilting.

  8. Sweet Pea sent me to your Blog. I like your Christmas projects you've made for the Quilt shop. Not too fond of Log Cabins, but like the idea of playing the game ~ swapping and sewing as a group. That would be a fun activity for our Guild to do...or at a Retreat... Oh, Oh my mind is wandering again. Gotta get off of here and go sew, I don't have two machines going around here.

  9. Congratulations on the new machine! It's always exciting. Welcome to the world of blogging. Paulette sent me over. Can't wait to see more of what you're up to.

  10. How fun! Love the photo with the cat too!

  11. I came over to your blog via Sweet P's, and Paulette. I look forward to following, especially since I am a fellow Vancouver Islander and visit your shop!

  12. Nice to meet you! I am in Ontario and love hooking up with fellow Canadian quilters. I too have started a blog a while ago.

    I hope to get to know you more... I signed up to follow=))) I am a mom of a 4 yr old and 6 yr old.... nice to meet 'younger' quilters too=)))