I was emailing with someone a while back about giving quilts (or quilt tops, as is mostly the case in my case) away, and said that I do actually KEEP quite a few quilts and should blog them sometimes - so I thought I'd share some of them. These are the ones which live in the basket in the living room for use as lap quilts while watching telly or napping on the sofa. The brown one above is one of the favourites, as it's really soft and cosy - not sure what batting is in it, but we really like the drape factor on this one. There are often squabbles about who gets to use it! It was quilted by my friend Lana, back when she first got her longarm machine - it's one of a number of tops I passed to her for practice when she was getting her business going. She quilted quite a few for me either free or for a very low cost, while she was getting up and running. If only she'd do the same again for me now, lol!
This one is brown and purple (obviously) and is another from the early days of Lana's longarm business - it's quilted with dragonflies and I'm very fond of it. It's not quite as cosy as the other one, but does a pretty good job of it...
This one is a little more recent, and I quilted it myself on my DSM. It's actually upside here - the only block which is directional is the heart on the green background - the blocks here were the result of a monthly challenge - each person in the challenge nominated a block to make for the month and we all made that block in our own colourways.
This is a really old one, and only recently came back to the living room after being in a basket in the guest room/Alex's bedroom. It's smaller and only lightly quilted as it was one I made in the very early days of my quilting.
This pineapple quilt is another one I really like, though I do need to fix one of the blocks, where the black fabric is wearing thing. The blocks came from a comfort project that Sophie organised back when my dad died. For various reasons, I put the blocks together and quilted the quilt myself, which I really enjoyed doing, as I got to handle them a lot and think about the people who made them, even more than I might have if I had received a finished quilt. Plus, I used this fish fabric as a border, which I love and had been looking for a good project to use it in...
And this corn and beans ones is a bit smaller, but I really like it, so I didn't want to give it away. The colours are fun together and the quilting, though quite dense, suits it, if I do say so myself.
These aren't the only quilts which I've made which are still in my house, mind you - there are a number in bedrooms, etc, but these are the ones in the living room. Perhaps I'll show the others another day!