Friday, October 30, 2009


If you have been following the discussion on crazy quilt embellishers you may have read the controversy that started when Gerry Krueger of www.OlderRose@yahoo.com posted a few of her blocks that she made into pictures as opposed to wallhangings, quilts, etc. She said and I agree that we all have blocks that we have done in RR;s or classes that you really don't want to make into a large quilt, etc. She said she has made vests, purses, you name it and I can so agree with her as I have done the same. I now have wallhangings with no walls to hang them on and the kids run when they see me coming with a package. My daughter has a large one in her sunroom, one small one in her sewing room and one in her guest bedroom so she is set for life. The other two sons I have made christmas tree skirts for and I believe they are happy to stop there which is fine with me. I do this because I enjoy and want to do it whatever it turns out to be.

I just finished framing and bringing down a block that I made at Judith Baker Montano's retreat 2 years ago. My suitcases were in transit for 3-4 days and when class started and me with nothing Judith kindly let me use her fabrics to at least piece a block. Well the minute I look at this I see Judith as they certainly are her colors. I really like it but could not see me making a whole quilt or wallhanging out of this. I also felt bad with it just sitting because I think it turned out great. Well it is now sitting on a glass top table as you come in our front door in Florida.

I am in total agreement with Gerry and think whatever we do with our handwork is ours to say.

Please go to Gerry's blog if you don't know of it and look at her beautiful work plus just her lifestyle with animals will make you smile. I don't know how the woman does it all.

8 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love this idea Freda! I have a number of RR blocks stored away in a box - most of them in various sizes and not really useable in a quilt. Framing them individually would be a perfect solution.

Carol in Clermont said...

Hi Lovey...Happy Halloween and welcome back to Florida. Look forward to seeing your framed piece up close and personal. Have you heard from Joyce B? Hugs, CiC

Karen said...

Freda,
Your block is beautiful and I see the Montano touch too!! Another wonderful idea on how to display our blocks, thanks so much!

DancesWithPitBulls said...

Thinking in a different way, these could even be sold framed at art fairs and craft shows. Your block is so exuberant!

Debra said...

Last time I checked there weren't any rules about what to do with your own work & if there were, well, how the heck cares? I say the same: get it out and enjoy it!

Plays with Needles said...

I loved looking at your block Freda. I also liked that you framed it and placed it on a stand...I have too many windows and not much wall space so I rotate pieces of needlework through a stand in my kitchen and a stand in my entryway...

Gina E. said...

What a coincidence for you to comment on this, Freda! The ladies in my patchwork group cannot understand why I'm making all these different blocks but not turning them into a quilt! I told them I already have several quilts and don't need any more. I'm putting my blocks into a display album that I can take out and look at, or show my friends any time.
In fact seeing your CQ block here helped me decide what to do with my two unfinished CQ blocks - I'll add them to my display album!

adam said...

That looks like a beautiful piece of framed art to me! It deserves a frame!