Well now it is all quilted, bound and ready to be snuggled under.
Eight months is a very long time for me to have a quilt in progress.
My usual motto is "A fast quilt is a good quilt". (For example ...)
But there is something very peaceful about having a slow project.
Taking your time to enjoy the process.
Having a warm quilt to throw over your knees and quilt at Perle 8's on cold nights.
Undoing and re-doing the bits that don't seem to work with the overall style of the quilt.
When I posted about this quilt that I hand quilted back in July last year, I was asked about my hand quilting technique and how I achieve such "perfect stitches".
Well, I am here to tell you that my stitches are far from perfection.
Unevenly spaced and rather wonky.
But I kind of love that aspect of it.
It's NOT perfect. It's rough and 'naive'.
For those of you looking for a good tutorial on hand quilting, a far greater crafter has beaten me to it.
Check out Anna Maria's tutorial here.
This quilt has a wide variety of fabric designers represented including:
- Kaffe Fassett
- Jennifer Paganelli
- Anna Maria Horner
- Amy Butler
- Lizzy House
- Prints Charming
- Sandi Henderson
The backing is a Michael Miller dot in my favourite colours: pink and red.
Thank you to Judy at Amitie for helping me find the perfect binding fabric.
It is from a range called 'Crazy for Dots & Stripes'.
Judy was my original quilting teacher who gave me a love for hand quilting.
I will always be thankful to her for that.
My husband is also thankful to Judy for slowing me down ("Are you trying to cover every inch of this house with fabric?") and saving us an awful lot of money on professional quilting services.
So how about you?
Do you craft slow or fast?
Or maybe a combination of the two, like me.