Scrappy Raven's Nest

Quilting, sewing, knitting, fighting depression, and doing as little housework as possible.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Liberated Baskets

This is a quilt I'm piecing together for one of my daughter's good friends.  It might be a little too liberated but I'm letting myself go with this one.  P.S.  Those are my new kitchen tiles in the background.

The quilt on the floor is a liberated nine patchy sampler that I've finished for my daughter.  Unfortunately my daughter whisked the bound quilt away before I could photograph it.  Here are a couple of details. 
I love making the liberated stars from the books by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran.  The entire quilt was tied with  yellow Euroflax sport weight linen.
I'm still quilting my "Butterfly Garden" quilt for my daughter's other close friend. 

I gave up quilting a number of years ago because it bored me.  I only discovered "liberated quilting" about a year ago.  I always secretly preferred what I called naive quilts or utility quilts but kept this passion a secret.  I thought people would laugh at me  or think that I didn't have pride in my work if I made quilts in such a free way.   I recently found an old book published in the eighties called "Masterpiece Quilts"  which has many "utility quilts" pictured along with more traditional quilts.  I admire perfectly executed traditional quilts but they don't speak to me the same way as quilts in which the maker has had to make design choices based on what was available to her at the time. 

Anywho, I'm having fun which is what it's all about.


  1. My dear Raven...
    You speak my language! I just didn't know it was called Liberated quilting!!! That is me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL We are kindred sisters in sewing! I love your basket quilt!

  2. Hi there Scrappy Raven!

    I bounced here from the "Quilting Bloggers" site. I wanted to see how many of us Manitobans here listed... Sadly, there are only 10 of us...

    Traditional or liberated utility quilts!?! As long as you enjoy what you are creating that is all that matters... 8-)

    I like what you are creating and thanks for posting the "Quilt it Freehand - Threads" link!


  3. love the Stars quilt - fabulous. I'm completely with ya!