Friday, June 30, 2017

Miriam's Finished Quilt - Part V

This is the final post from a very special friend who has blessed me with sharing her journey in making one of the Kaufman "Down On The Farm" quilts.  The designs are printed from my paintings, and have brought me abundant joy in seeing them used in other beautiful forms of art works.    I appreciate Miriam Reiss, Shirley Liles, and Marsha Cribbs for being kind enough to share images of their quilt creations. They are amazing!

Today we create art in many forms and for different reasons.  At one time not too many years removed women made quilts for practical and necessary reasons.  They kept people warm, and quilting was a way for them to use extra fabric that was left from handmade garments.  In those days many people were very frugal and didn't like waste.  Today we make them to decorate our bedrooms and other living spaces, or for our babies and children to use as throws during cold weather.  We make them out of a desire to master an art that has faded from our past.  We love the workmanship of our ancestors.  We feel closer to our roots, and I can't speak for quilt artists; but I know that creating something that brings joy and usefulness to others bring a satisfaction to artists of all media.

The three photos below illustrate Miriam's text.  Enjoy:)

Hello Cheri,


As you can see by the attached picture, I have completed the "Down on the Farm" quilt after several setbacks. The second picture is showing you the type of batting that will go behind the quilt which is called "warm and natural", is just like it says and it makes the quilt feel great on cold nights.  On Friday June 30th, I will be taking it to the "longarm quilter" and she will place it on a very long frame with a longarm sewing machine and will quilt a specific design on the quilt itself. This will sandwich together the quilt, batting and back solid fabric. Once that is done, the binding will go all round the quilt to finish it off. As you know, early on I got the binding all set up and ready to go for when I get the quilt back.


A longarm quilter is a expert on these big machines and therefore often most quilters will send their quilts to these experts. In addition, not everyone can afford these huge machines or have the room for them. I have attached a picture of one to give you an idea. I expect to receive the quilt in a week or two. Binding does not take long to sew on. I am hoping to show you the truly completed project real soon.


I hope all is well with you and your summer has been a pleasant one so far.


Warm wishes,






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