Once upon a time, before I was a knitter, I was a quilter. I still quilt and attempt to sew random things now and again; but, knitting lends itself to obsession a little better (it is portable, after all). In any case, it seems that people are going nuts over the Dear Jane Quilt again. I got the book a few years ago when it first became popular thinking, "oh, I will make one of those, it'll be fun..." and then I never did. I have been watching as other people start making their DJQs, and I must say, I want to hop on the bandwagon. But I will be good and wait to make the commitment, because I can become obsessessed rather easily and there are enough things in my crafting queue to keep me occupied--at least until Christmas.
But I thought I'd share my most recent quilting venture (mostly because I received a thank you note for it last week which made me remember that there were photo files for it). I hated to give it away after making it, it was quite possibly one of the nicest things I have ever made. But then, the colors were not ideal for something for me...and besides, I never make things for myself (I know, I need to work on this), so there probably would have been some guilt involved somehow. It was a wedding gift for my friend Sarah, she had this thing about the imagery of the tree of life (which was the name of one of the squares, coincidently).
So I present to you a Dutch Treat quilt for your viewing pleasure. It was my first foray into reverse applique, really my first foray into any kind of applique; and, if it looks like those reverse applique squares took a lot of time, it's probably because they did.
Dutch Treat Quilt
Pattern: from Dutch Treat by Judy Garden
Size: app 31" x 31"
Modifications: I went with an 8-9 inch canvas/square. I think some people do the 4 inch square thing. I thought 4 inches was too fiddly for the first applique project.
Again, I really liked the way this turned out. I may go through and select some squares not used for this quilt for a quilt for myself at some point, but we'll see. The Dear Jane Quilt may be my next big quilting thing. I have other smaller quilting things on the list to get done first...and of course, there is the knitting. Report on Swallowtail (which just needs blocking) soon to come.