Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The long awaited quilt is finished. I only bought the fabric 18 months ago.... and started it last January. I am a girl who will not be rushed, OK?
Honestly though, I have never been more challenged or more proud of a craft project. From choosing the fabrics to deciding on a pattern to troubleshooting the multitude of problems I came across, I did it all myself. I had it half quilted last Spring, then let it languish through the Summer (It was too hot to wrestle all that fabric). I conjured up additional delays in the Fall (I was busy!) and into December (It's CHRISTMAS, I just can't right now). I finally sat down and finished the quilting, then delayed a few more weeks due to binding intimidation. At long last I found a tutorial that allowed me to knock it out in a week! I am not a seamstress or a quilter, but I think it looks pretty good.
I used a Disappearing Nine Patch pattern, with sashing to increase the overall size of the quilt. Although I love it (as does the recipient who is excited to receive it on her 7th birthday), I don't think I will attempt another quilt until I have a machine that can really handle it. My little Brother did a good job, but was a tiny bit overwhelmed at times. Much like its operator. In the end, we both won.