August 11, 2011

Pine Grove/Stones

The making of this quilt goes back more than two years. Here's the story of the front.
And some details:

Both top and back have been finished for close to two years, but then I couldn't decide how to quilt it. I considered many different approaches. After finishing the simple straight line quilting a few weeks ago on the half-square triangle "Magenta and Friends," I realized something that simple would also be a good solution for this quilt. It took me a while, but I think this was a good decision!

Here's the back of the quilt. I had to line up the quilting by the seams on the front of the quilt, and I was worried about how they then wouldn't line up precisely on the back. They don't, but it still looks fine.
More of the story about the back continues here.

Some details: First, one of the blocks from the very beginning:

And here's an example of the larger stones sliced up--this may be my favorite spot in the quilt:

Here's another small quilt that involved cutting up stones.

This quilt is going to my brother, a potter. He has made beautiful ceramic stones.

And here are a few of his wood-fired pots:

I will miss this quilt, but I know it is going to a good home!


  1. Penny, I love this creation. It is so reflective and representational of you personally. You put so much of yourself in your quilts and you didn't stop here! The large stone sliced up is a great composition of it own, my favorite too. Your brother will be so pleased. His work is fantastic as well. The channel quilting seems very appropriate for the subject and the recipient. I admire your dedication through the entire process. jill

  2. This turned out beautifully, Penny. I don't know if it is because I've been working with shredded imagery in my collage works lately, but I really like the way the quilted lines interact with the rectangles! I think your favorite area of the quilt pictured above would be interesting to expand into a large quilt - it is such a nice composition!