Thursday, September 14, 2006

Door Quilt

Not much quilt activity going on this week b/c I have my first visitor here in Finland! A friend is visiting from Estonia. The Swedish king and queen also visited Vaasa this week to mark the city's 400th anniversary (Finland belonged to Sweden at the time the city was founded), and not to mention that I've been busy working b/c my classes begin on Monday!

All the Canada geese landing on the bay outside my apartment inspired me to get out my flying geese tool last weekend when making a few blocks for Clare's Quilts for Leukemia project. My mom bought me the tool at Maine Quilts two summers ago as bribery for me to make her a quilt. Somewhere she saw what she described as a 'door quilt' - a wall hanging designed to hang on a door rather than a wall. She chose most of the fabrics from Chanteclaire's Fine Wines collections and I added a few from my stash. These colors are definitely my mom - as is the subtly of the blocks. All the blocks are either flying geese or log cabin variations. The layout echos the design of the big old door in my mom's dining room (where the quilt now hangs) - the log cabin variations make up the six panels in the door.


This was also my first pieced back. Learned a lot from that experiment! Also learned that I would use a lighter weight batting in future wall hangings - especially of this size! (I think it was 72"x28".)

16 comments:

Inga Helene said...

Delicate colours! And what a nice idea to make a door quilt.

The Wittering Rainbow said...

Yes, I like the idea of a door quilt too. Why haven't I thought of that?! It's lovely - and I like the pieced backing as well.

Dormouse said...

I'm really taken by the idea of a door quilt. We have a very ugly door that at the moment is covered by a not very interesting curtain. A quilt would be so much nicer.

I love the delicate colours of yours, it's beautiful. I'm sure your Mum will adore it.

dot said...

This is beautiful. I like the idea of a door quilt, your mom could have just started something. I like the colors and the placement of the pattern. Great work.

Anne Wigfull said...

Lovely work. I hope it keeps out the drafts when winter comes and the lovely colours will keep reminding you of spring and summer.

Marcie said...

Lovely quilt! The colors are so regal! Did you design it?

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Very nice color combo!Its very pretty :O)... A door quilt ... I have not one before... neat!!

Suze said...

A door quilt seems like a great idea. Yours is so lovely and delicate. Even the back is interesting.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

What an idea. I suppose it would get heavy - I often wonder about big quilts hanging on the wall - are they made with extra light batting or what? Then you couldn't use it on the bed. How does that Flying Geese tool work Jennie?

jpquilter said...

beautiful quilt - love the quiet color - very soothing
Juliann

Finn said...

Hi Hedgie, what a great quilt!! I love the idea of a door quilt. We get so accustomed to putting them on the wall, we never think of the door. I think hanging it would actually be easier on a door.
You did a great job with it!!! And hurray...a visitor! Have a great weekend, and keep stitching..*VBS* Three flocks of Canadians flying over yesterday...a bright sunny fall day here..but today brings rain. Hugs, Finn

Cynthia said...

what a lovely quilt. I like the colors.

Hedgehog said...

Wow! So many comments! Yes, it was my own design - just used my mom's favorite block (FG) and my favorite block (LC) and used the door itself as inspiration (the panels and frame). I hope there will be a rash of door quilts around the world! I'll do a tutorial of the flying geese next weekend. Thanks for all the comments!

Katrina said...

Beautiful job!! It is really original looking I really don't think that I've seen anything like it.
Good job.

floribunda said...

wow -- this is stunning! I'm looking forward to your tutorial about "the tool".

LoriLaurieLauri said...

Cool! What a great idea! And I love the color combination.