This is a Hawaiian quilt that I finished back in 2006 but it took me four years to make it just because there were so many stops and starts and other projects getting done. I couldn't find the perfect fabric, I didn't really like doing applique, I got very carried away with the quilting. The completed quilt I just love and it gives the room a summery feel.
Just a few weeks ago I started a friend on her own Hawaiian applique block and I realized I'd forgotten that this is fairly advanced needlework (my friend hasn't had too much experience yet.) She may hate me by the time she's finished or the block may get laid away for years like mine did, but it does turn out nicely when all finished and displayed. I hope she sticks with it. (GO KAORU-SAN!)
Some of the visitors to my house make comments about the quilts up on my wall but as with last week, I'm not sure if I should take their comments as compliments or not.
"Wow, your house is just like an exhibition hall. You could hold a quilt show."
I wonder if this means that my house doesn't have a warm-lived in feel, if to outsiders it looks like I'm just showing off the quilts I make and maybe they feel sorry for my husband who has to live with all the blankets on the walls. I have to admit, I have a lot of quilts displayed.
Let's see... There are two on the entryway walls. One on the living room wall (the Hawaiian). One on the piano. One hiding the dust on the bookshelf. One on the door. Ah, another one hiding more junk in another bookshelf. Yep, and there's a quilt rack holding a good six quilts. There's one quilt on Choco's cage and one on Chip's cage trying to hide the fact that they are cages. There's another on the footstool hiding cat scratches. If you go upstairs there are more along the stairway wall and more in the bedrooms. And of course more in the drawers... I have a lot of quilts and it does seem a shame to just put them away somewhere to be forgotten so they get rotated now and then. Quilting is part of my decor and I'd rather have them around than blank walls and overflowing bookshelves... but for some people it may be a little too much.
How about you? Do you display your quilts in your home and if so how many are out and about for people to enjoy right now?
I guess you could call my interior decorating style "Cats and Quilts (with a dog for accent)".