Friday, December 18, 2015

the Sour Pickle

the Sour Pickle quilt

the Sour Pickle quilt

the Sour Pickle quilt

the Sour Pickle quilt

This quilt was cut, sewn and pieced almost entirely while away on therapy trips for baby this fall.  It's only fitting that my mom and I photographed it today, between baby's lessons, in Asheville.  It's made with Rita of Red Pepper Quilt's pickle dish variation pattern.  At first it was the "scrappy pickle" quilt in my mind, being cut entirely from scraps.  It even includes scraps from my friend Stephanie, whom we stay with while in Chicago for therapy.  But somewhere along the way I decided not to fight it... it's the sour pickle quilt, friends.  One can't argue that 2015 has served up some very hard-to-swallow pickles.

And it seems quite fitting to gift it to my mom, who has been there for me through it all, and who doesn't expect me to sugar coat my grief and frustration.  She's always been a fan of scrappy, colorful quilts, so this is the perfect one for her!  I backed it in a Freespirit velveteen to make it as cozy as can be.

 the Sour Pickle 
quilt

Isn't it some kind of magic the way a flimsy quilt top transforms into a cuddly quilt?  I baste mine by first taping the backing to my wood floor.  Then I layer up Warm & Natural batting and my quilt top, sticking all the layers together with 505 adhesive basting spray.   I've been a die-hard fan of this basting spray for YEARS.  Never went back to pins after I tried basting spray the very first time.  No, it doesn't gunk up my machine. Yes, it does get on my floors, but it washes off easily (or just comes off on our socks!).  Totally water soluble.  No stains.  Scentless.  No worries.

 the Sour Pickle quilt

The all-over velveteen backing gives my Sour Pickle quilt an extra weight and a lovely drape.  The weight did make it harder to handle for quilting, but I muscled through a special pattern for my mama.

the Sour Pickle quilt

The pickle dish or birdlike spiky shapes on this quilt form interlocking rings.  I free motion quilted dogwood blossoms around the rings and chrysanthemums in the spaces in between.   And she seems to love it..  Yay!

the Sour Pickle quilt

Wishing everyone a delightful weekend.  Enjoy some creative time!

42 comments:

  1. oh, so very nice! what a great way to use up scraps!

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  2. I love this...dare I say it...more than Rita's!! Yours is beautiful! This quilt is on my 2016 list :-) Merry Christmas.

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  3. Totally love this one, Rachel!!! And so great you gifted it to your mom :)

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  4. Really a nice quilty finish Rachel. This quilt remembers the days of a tough journey. It makes me think of the hundreds {maybe thousands} of women who loaded up all they owned and set off for the West beside their husbands. Full of expectations and probably excitement too? It wouldn't be long into the journey that the rosy glasses would come off and the sheer difficulty of each day's travel would begin to take its toll. How many of them worked on quilts among the physical and mental trials of the journey. Beauty and comfort can and does come from times of great difficulty. You know - you've done it.

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  5. I absolutely love how this one turned out! And I love that this quilt has a story along with it, that makes it extra special. :) It sounds like you have a very special mother deserving of such a nice quilt. Hopefully the new year offers a little less sour and a bit more sweet. :)

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  6. I loved Rita's quilt when I saw it, and seriously considered starting one of my own immediately. Then I came to my senses and remembered I can't start any big quilts until I get my single girl and glitter quilts done! But I love that we had the same idea, and I absolutely love your quilt. Your quilting is pretty impressive too! Despite the meaning I like the name too. I hope next year treats you all better. Have a great Christmas.

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  7. Hi Rachel! Since I saw your first blocks, this has been in my mind. I love your quilt, so beautiful colours and fabrics with the great pattern! x Teje

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  8. Oh, I love this quilt and the velveteen sounds absolutely luscious. What a great gift for your mom! And I echo Little Black Cat ... may your new year be a little less sour and a bit more sweet. :)

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  9. Lovely quilt! A question about the basting spray: Does it hold over a period of time? I like to hand quilt (more like sewing than quilting) and I'm wondering if the spray will hold it all together over a month or so?

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    1. Yes! I've used it for quilts I've hand quilted over about a month period of time. Worked fine! The can says that you can reactivate the sticky by pressing with a hot iron too. So that's always an option.

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  10. It's beautiful and special.
    Now, don't laugh at me (too much), but one of the reason I like this pickle dish variation is that if I look at it long enough I can see colourful birds in crowns talking in pairs :)

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    1. I too think they look a bit like birds and was wondering how I could change it to make them stand out...colors maybe or change the block just a bit. Maybe someday I'll get a chance to play with it.

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  11. It is a beautiful finish even if the journey it took making it was sour. Beauty from ashes!
    I'm sure you mom will treasure it and the velveteen coziness :)

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  12. Such a beautiful quilt and story. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  13. It's a beautiful gift for your mom. I love it's very appropriate name.

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  14. Your quilt is beautiful and what makes it even more beautiful is the story behind ... no wonder your mom loves it!

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  15. Scrappy never looked so beautiful! I love this so much. Everything about it is special and fantastic! Thanks for sharing this and the journey. Merry Christmas and many blessings...

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  16. Beautiful quilt! Have a wonderful Holiday season!

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  17. Wonderful Pickle Dish and I love your zingy colours and the name!

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  18. This post just arrived in my inbox, and look at all of these people that have seen this marvelous creation before me!!! and !!
    This is the coolest quilt.
    You inspire, Rachel. Your momma loves you, I am so happy that she is near you to pull you along. That is life, living. Keep going. You are loved. Happy Christmas to you and your whole adorable family.

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  19. What a stunning quilt. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hugs Patti xxx

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  20. Oh goodness! This is so beautiful Rachel!

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  21. Your rose amidst the thorns...Perfect for a Mama who loves you so. Great therapy, great job!

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  22. It is beautiful. I especially love the quilting.

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  23. oh Rachel, it is beautiful! I know your mom will love it! What a wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Love this, and love it that it's the Sour Pickle. Is a prickly but beautiful thing. Hats off to you And your mom, for calling it like it is, and pushing your elbows out once in a while. Your year has indeed not been for the faint of heart; we've all gained from your mother's daughter.

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  25. Love this, and love it that it's the Sour Pickle. Is a prickly but beautiful thing. Hats off to you And your mom, for calling it like it is, and pushing your elbows out once in a while. Your year has indeed not been for the faint of heart; we've all gained from your mother's daughter.

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  26. Beautiful - quilt and story and mama.

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  27. Hi Rachel,
    Love your quilt and love your spirit it of giving. To me, it's definitely a CHICKEN quilt, all I can see are beautiful CHICKENS, and they are delightful!
    Merry Christmas,
    Lynn

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  28. I love this quilt and I am sure your Mum will too. It will hold a lot of memories - both good and bad.

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  29. I like this pattern a lot. The design looks like squawking birds to me. I believe that as an artist, you can call your quilt whatever you want and not have to even explain it. It is lovely and I've added it to my list of quilts to make, someday!

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  30. So aptly named.... and finding a little humor in bad times is always good. Rachel your Sour Pickle quilt is beautiful! Love the scrappiness, love the pattern, and the backing fabric is amazing. Your Mom is the best and really must love this quilt.

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  31. A truly gorgeous quilt. I know your mother will enjoy and treasure this quilt for years to come. Quilting does help us work through difficult times and always brings joy.

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  32. It's gorgeous! It turned out just fabulous...hopefully your troubled year will give way to a fabulous new one!

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  33. I love this quilt. To me I see birds talking to each other. All the best Carol W

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  34. I have this quilt on my hit list ... once I get over my fear of curves. I love the way you've done this quilt scrappy ... and that it shows (and is named after) a chapter in your life.

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