Ernie sleeps under this 10-year-old hand-stitched quilt every night of the year. The edge had become frayed, and it had sprung some leaks where he grabs it to pull it up under his chin. We like this quilt a lot and believe that it would be hard to find an equally satisfactory replacement, so I’m trying to preserve it. That’s my most recent needlework.
Here you can see a bit of the frayed edge.
In the picture I showed you yesterday, I had begun putting blanket stitching along the edge, using Tiger Tape to keep my stitches even.
Ten years ago I had made the two green check pillow covers.
Fortunately, I still had some of that material which I used to make patches for the torn spots. Since this part of the quilt is now against the wall, these patches don’t show.
This pillow I made for Ernie about 12 or 13 years ago. It’s done in counted thread and blackwork because Ernie likes precision and neatness. I charted the letters using an alphabet from Iva Polansky’s wonderful book, Cross-Stitch Calligraphy.
Ernie’s bed is against the same wall as mine, so we sleep together with just a wall between us. I’m hoping I can make the quilt last at least as long as he does.