Monday, 17 September 2012

A Quilt in Three Blogs

Hand basting a hand pieced quilt so I can hand quilt it. I am actually insane.

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Last week I eventually got around to doing something about a quilt top that has literally been on my WIP pile for years.

I began this quilt in 2008, and I had the silly idea that it would be done in a month. I know. I laugh too. For a couple weeks it's pretty much all I worked on, and I made quite a bit of headway on it.

And then? And then, it got really boring and I took a little break. And a little break took another little break, they got married and had kids and the break turned into... well, a few years.

So last December I put my foot down and got going to finish the quilt top off. And I did. I finished the top off.

And there it sat. Waiting. For me to get off my lard ass and baste it so that I can hand quilt it. Yep. I am insane.

The idea was that this quilt should 100% hand-stitched, as an heirloom piece (I had no idea that the quilt would take so long that I could pass it onto my own damn grandkids myself). And the hand basting part was putting me off. Partly because there is nowhere in the house to lay a quilt out flat to baste, and partly because I didn't want the hand quilting that came after it.

But one sunny afternoon, and a feeling of immense optimism and without another thought, out came the quilt top, the batting, the backing and a million pins and gizmos and before I knew it the quilt was basted. I have actually started the quilting (I'm taking a little break. I know.) and hopefully this quilt will be finished this year. Insha'allah. I have a little boy who has been waiting a long time for this mama-made.

And once that's done? I have a littler boy waiting for his version too... Lord have mercy...


21 comments:

  1. I love the colors of your quilt. And they are big projects to take on.

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  2. oh, my word!!! first of all, it's beautiful!!! very intricate piecing, that i find so intimidating!!! the colors are fabulous... they just seem like you. second, i laughed out loud at how long it is taking you to finish (no offense!) and lard ass, really? i somehow don't picture you as that, certainly! i hope you are enjoying the slow stitching. i find myself putting things down that seem too take too long... (and i have several quilt pieces for tops that have been sitting for, ahem, a while.)

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  3. They are huge projects! Oh suuuuuure it's funny for you! :p

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  4. I have two beautiful quilts. Not finished. Started one in 1995 and the other in 1997. I was thinking of finishing them, but now I think I will sneak up to your front door and put them down with a note that says "Please take care of these." And then knock and run like lightening.
    Your quilt is beautiful, the colors are amazing. I have never seen that pattern before and I just love it.

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  5. I started a quilt back in '07... All I have to show for it so far is a bag of cut pieces of fabric that I keep using for other craft projects! lol Your quilt is really beautiful, and I love that you're sewing it by hand.

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  6. The quilt is truly beautiful. I dream of one day creating a quilt.

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  7. Thankyou! I do question my sanity at times....

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  8. wow!
    wow!
    that quilt is absolutely lovely!
    mashallah

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  9. THAT is a brilliant and beautiful quilt! And, I am not one to love most quilts. You have excellent taste in fabric selection and placement, my dear. A true family heirloom!
    xoxo d

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  10. Wow, this is stunning. I love the colours and fabrics. Now just sit slowly over the Winter quilting it. I love the warmth of sitting under a quilt as you hand stitch. You have shamed me into thinking that I really should quilt one of my completed tops this year. Remember that if I am at the studio you can always come over and use the large table space to baste x

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  11. I very nearly called you, but was too ashamed to. I juuuuust managed to lie the quilt down but the bottom corners were curled. Think I pulled it off. But you're right, this will be an excellent winter craft on those nippy afternoons. I timed this well :)

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  12. It's amazing - I love the colours and it looks so beautiful and well, I'm just so impressed (and a tad, well ok, very jealous ;-)

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  13. Thankyou! But it's just a symptom of insanity... one stitch at a time and it all comes together...

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  14. If being sane means you can't create then I'd stick with the insanity.

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  15. I've wondered about this quilt and have waited too....very nice! Love the colors...stunning! Lol at handing it to grandchildren yourself. :-). Can't wait to see wha you come up for the littlest!

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  16. Goodness, you were probably there way back at its inception! I will try to finish it off! Already have an idea what the midget is getting :)

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  17. Very, very beautiful. I think it's the colours that make the traditional pattern so fresh... good luck with it. I don't care what craziness people accuse me of, hand quilting is much nicer.

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  18. Thankyou! Orange is his favourite colour ... had no choice there. Hand quilting is much neater but I don't think I'm very good at it!

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