Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Keeping it Simple


My hands needed a break from hand stitching, and my mind needed something very straight forward to work on, and so this is what I made...


A very simple table runner made from muslin,
(some of which I hand dyed with coffee, turmeric and walnut ink).


The center strips were torn, and the edges left raw...


The machine stitching consists of closely, but unevenly spaced rows of meandering straight stitch...


The piece was most definitely inspired by the colors and textures which I see on the old, (and once white) barns that I pass everyday.


I think it would lovely on an old wood table.

(Now for sale in my shop).

(Note: Now sold)

47 comments:

Walden said...

Very lovely!

Christine said...

That is stunning, well done

cheers
Christine

Nifty Quilts said...

Simple and exquisite! You really have a way of making simple very elegant.

Kit Lang said...

STUNNING.

Shayla Sharp said...

Who would have thought "plain" muslin could look so cool!

Ethne said...

Oh I really love this so simple and stunning

Blue Is Bleu said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love love love this!

Gina said...

It is so elegant.

Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

Nothing simple about this. Intricate, delicate, refined, subtle, precious... these are the words I would use. Oh, and lovely.

mjb said...

There is such depth in this simplicity.

Sujata said...

Your stitching is exquisite. Love the simplicity and the shot!

Deborah said...

Wonderful hues and texture. At first glance, it almost appeared to be woven.

Jackie said...

Its the distillation of quilting. Beautiful.

beth said...

beautiful. beautiful.

GerryART said...

A GREAT ! ! break project.
Hugs,
Gerry

Gena's Garden said...

Amazing. I love it.

KQuiltyBee said...

Just stunning. Your projects are so inspiring!

Linda said...

This is just BEAUTIFUL!!

dosfishes said...

An old farm table would be the perfect place, the dying is wonderful. Lovely piece. xox Corrine

SummersDesigns said...

beautiful!

Meg said...

That's amazing! The texture is magnetic. You do such amazing work!

Jennifer said...

This is so very beautiful! I enjoy all your handwork but this is a wonderful change of pace...

Jennifer :)

La Dolce Vita said...

quiet autumnal color! beautiful!

Why Not Sew? said...

I think this is wonderful! Very simple and perfect! I enjoy tea staining or coffee staining or anything staining!
I too love the barns where we live. I really love the tobacco barns right now, with all of their little doors propped open. Peeking inside and seeing all of the tobacco hanging. I do believe we live in one of the most beautiful places, don't you think?

Cheryl Arkison said...

Simply gorgeous! Is it pieced or did you just sew the unbleached muslin on top?

novembergrass said...

Simply beautiful.

Munaiba said...

It's just beautiful. I love the colours and the texture.

Victoria said...

Thank you everyone. :0)

Erin, yes! I love those tobacco barns... they are my favorite this time of year, and I never tire of seeing them with their slats open!

Cheryl, the 2 center strips are just sewn on, no piecing. This kept it super easy, and allowed me to keep the edges frayed, which I wanted.

Fer said...

Yes it's simple, but oh so simply stunning!

kelly said...

OH! I just said "OH!" right out loud when I saw this. I LOVE it, Victoria. Just love it!

This one may be my favorite.

Until, of course, the next beautiful thing that you make... ;)

9patchnurse said...

I just LOVE your work. So quietly beautiful!

msmcporkchop said...

this is so gorgeous!

Hey Harriet said...

This is just beautiful Vic! The fact that it's dyed with coffee makes it even more appealing to me. Being a big coffee addict and all! Seriously, it's really lovely!

Clare said...

Heavenly! It looks as if its been woven and the colours are just sublime.

Lisa ONeill said...

I love your table runner - simply stunning!

XUE said...

Simple & fabulous! And I love it that you dyed this with natural stuff! Happy weekend !

knitsteel said...

I am inspired that one can quilt without having perfect serged, or hidden, edges and seams. I may try more quilting now, with lots of frayed edges.

nicolette said...

It really looks as delicate as an eggshell, so beautiful!

Candied Fabrics said...

Oh my goodness - this is just lovely! The quilt itself is perfection in its imperfection...and the eggs...a perfect foil for it. Truly - beautiful site to behold!

patchworkpalace said...

That table runner is gorgeous....the texture you have created is amazing.

deemallon said...

just gorgeous!!

Gloria Freshley said...

Truly lovely!! Thanks very much for posting this! Best...

Hollie said...

Oh wow, this is so lovely!

Hollie said...

Oh wow, this is so lovely!

Amy C said...

wow its stunning, I love the colors and how you styled it with those beautiful white eggs.

Katie said...

So beautiful- I lovethe tan color you got from hand dyeing.

Jen said...

wow! this is really amazing! What a neat idea!