My little Abruzzo quilt is finally finished and soon will be on its way to Italy. It took a lot longer than I expected to get it through the quilting stage.
I'd not made a quilt this big (about 50" x 60" -- not even very big!) for maybe 14 years, and I'd forgotten how much tedious maneuvering is required to fit all that poly-lofty pin-basted fabric through the relatively small clearance of my traditional sewing machine. So for me this was quite a relearning process, one that at times sorely tested my patience. And if I never use medium-loft polyester batting again, I won't miss it a bit. Ick! Something about its smooshiness bothers me. But there were very practical reasons for using the polyester as was requested for this project. Usually, given my druthers, I prefer a lower loft batt, preferably cotton (haven't tried wool yet) that will gently crinkle instead of pouffing after quilting.
But despite small missteps here and there, I do think this quilt turned out well in the end, and I hope it will bring comfort to its eventual little owner. The reverse side is the same as the binding, the allover turquoise leafy print. Sort of a calming reverse side to an energetic front, to suit either boisterous or quiet moods.
Changing subjects completely, tomorrow I'm off to Virginia again for a few more days with our boys, so I'll likely be off-internet till next week. Meanwhile, if dreary summer television has you in the doldrums, and you haven't already seen the AMC series Mad Men, you really should treat yourself! Head to your nearest video chain and rent Season 1 and then Season 2, and watch it all (in order), because Season 3 starts in just a few weeks. We love it; it's some of the smartest writing and finest acting recent television has offered. (Okay, maybe they've overdone the cigarette smoking just a bit...)
The setting is a fictional New York ad agency in the early 1960's, and they do an amazing job on historical references, costumes and sets, with superb attention to the period detail. Every episode leaves me pondering one twist or another the next day. I love a show that really gets me thinking. It's well worth checking out!
And hopefully after this week's trip, I'll return from Reston with a camera full of east coast birds and flowers to share next time. Good intentions, anyway.