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Friday, May 23, 2014

All keyed up! A client quilt

Lately I have been robbing Peter to pay Paul, so to speak. Life has been a delicate balancing act and sometimes sleep just doesn’t come easy with all the file folders in my head filled to capacity and spilling out into my REM time. This morning I was awake far too early and after struggling to stay comfortable and not disturb my husband, I gave in and got up. Did I want to be up and moving before 4 am? No, not really, but sleep was evasive and I knew it was futile to fight. So, with visions of our fridge full of fruits and veggies, I began chopping and sauteing and blending. 

Soon I had a lovely pot of leek soup simmering. 

There was a pasta salad that got pulled together as well, along with my favorite way to start the day, smoothies. There is no set recipe for blender drinks in our house, but today I had a juicy grapefruit that was perfect for the mix and added some zip to our yummy concoctions.

What had been occupying some of my thoughts? Earlier I had received this top from Marie:

Her quilt was the result of a challenge she participated in at one of her guilds. A fellow member brought in a selection of Fons and Porter magazines and challenged the members to complete a project found within the pages. Marie chose to make this wonderful little cuddle quilt for a niece who just happens to be a composer.
The perfect backing!

Marie brought me a 35% higher loft poly batting and using a neutral thread on the bottom and a black thread on top, I quilted a variety of designs to suit the quilt.
I created piano keys in the borders, quilted some stippling in the piano and background, did some straight stitching in the borders and on the red music notes and tried to create a simple design on the keyboard that would reflect a classic style.
I also stitched around the pre-printed keyboard with a monofilament thread to hi-light the individual keys.

There was a bit of discussion about the binding that Marie would add. As with many projects, we sometimes run out of the exact piece we might use because we have bought our fabric with no particular project in mind. Although her first instinct was to sew on a red binding, I think she may go with a solid black.


  1. What comes next?May 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    I absolutely hate those days when my mind is so full it wakes me up, but it looks like you put that time to very good use this morning! Your client's quilt looks perfect

  2. I was awake early yesterday morning... 1 am and I was up! What gives??? Is it the weather? It's definitely not spring-like! What a great job Jennifer! I would be putting on a red binding... I believe it needs another spot of color and a small red frame would complete it... but that's my opinion! She did a great job making it and you were fantastic in your design and execution!

  3. Marjorie HenwoodMay 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    beautiful Jennifer. Marie did a fantastic job, as did you with the lovely quilting!

  4. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauMay 25, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Thanks, Marjorie! Appreciate it!

  5. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauMay 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    This weather sure doesn’t encourage me to leave my bed..but, when you are awake, you are awake! And I agree, I would probably put on a red binding, but I am not sure Marie had the correct red so she may just go with a black. Thanks for your kind words!

  6. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauMay 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Thanks so much! I am working really hard to force myself back to sleep when I do wake up too early, but is sure is hard sometimes.