Chronicles of a Quilter, Crafter, Reader, and Traveler
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Crazy About Baseball (for Malcolm and Dawson)!
Dear friend and fellow blogger Linda has been wanting me to join her in journal quilting for well over a year now. Suddenly I am seeing how well this project meshes with blogging, and so here is perhaps my first journal quilt. I say perhaps since I'm still not sure I am ready to commit to one journal quilt a week, though this one went together quickly. After spending last week, our Spring Break, with grandsons Malcolm (8) and Dawson (6), I immediately thought about doing a baseball quilt in their honor. Both boys are Baseball Crazy, and so I made this one Crazy Quilt style. I used perle cotton to machine-embroider along the edges of the center section and along each "slice" of the block. As soon as I saw the two little boys in the dark blue fabric, I fussy cut it to be sure they would be prominent. And I was delighted to see that not only did the kids-playing fabric at the top right have a baseball player, but also images of crayons, a child's painting, and splotches of paint--all symbolic of both boys' love of "doing art." Finally, I found a baseball glove scrapbook embellishment and a baseball applique to fuse to the quilt. I plan to buy some crayon buttons I recall seeing to add one more. The edges aren't finished because I'm waiting until I decide just how (or even IF) I want to finish them. Linda likes each of her journal quilts to be stand-alone, but I've not given up on the idea of someday sewing all of mine together into a wall hanging for my craft room.