September 20, 2007

The Monster In The Living Room




This is what I affectionately call the monster in the living room. This is a Marie Webster design called American Beauty Rose. I am attempting to reproduce it as close to the original. I hand appliqued the motifs and am in the process of hand quilting it. I put it in the frame on Super Bowl Sunday in January. The only place in my house that the frame will fit in is in the middle of the living room. Ugh! I am quilting the straight lines of the cross hatching while the quilt is in the frame. Once I have the cross hatching completed I will take it out of the frame and continue to hand quilt around each of the appliqued motifs. I have some carpal tunnel problems so it is hard for me to quilt in the different angles required when going around the shapes. I know there is a way to use my thumb to quilt away from myself when going around the shapes but I haven't been able to master that skill. Where there is a will there is a way! I had grandeur plans. I thought I could get it out of the living room in just a few months. Well, it is now September. Now I am hoping to get it out of the living room by Christmas. I have half of the cross hatching completed, so guess I am half way there. Boy am I tired of having this quilt in the middle of my living room! I am sure my DH is too, but he is kind and never says a word about the monster in the living room. For this I am thankful!

4 comments:

Charlene said...

Welcome to the Blogging world! You've got your monster in the living room and I have my darling on the table....who do you think will finish first??????

Nicole said...

This is an awesome project! It will be a family heirloom for sure. What patient, exquisite work you do.

Bren said...

I Love your Monster!! Your quilting is gorgeous. I can not quilt "around" things on a frame either..I need the hoop. I can only quilt down, angled down to the left, or to the left. I have a friend who can quilt with her thumb so she can go all over...not me. Welcome to blogland and thanks for visiting my blog!

Rose said...

I just found your blog yesterday so I've been reading from the present backwards. I kept wondering what "The Monster" was. I was giggling at your DH's comments about Christmas and had to tell my DH about it because I do all my work in the living room too, for lack of space elsewhere. Now I come to this post and I'm awe struck by the beautiful quilt in your frame. Truly a piece of art!