Being a quilter has been really hard for me over the past few months. I have been (kind of) sewing, trying to keep up with bee blocks (sometimes more successfully than others) has helped – but for the most part I have lost my sewjo and I am not sure if I want to find it, well not for the kind of quilting I was doing.
There are different “themes” in the quilt world, and I have found being something of a more traditional quilter in a modern world can be a bit of a challenge. For me, quilting isn’t about the fads and trends in fabrics – I have long held the view that if I like a fabric I will buy it and if I don’t I won’t, an approach which has lead to years (yes years) where I have been pottering and sewing and just not buying. During these years my focus has generally been on skill building and trying out new things.
In 2017 I managed to keep up and complete the Down the Rabbit Hole quilt (by Sarah Fielke), I have signed up for the 2018 quilt, and have tried to start it, but I am just not feeling it. But the hand quilting has finally started and I am enjoying playing with the bright colours of the Aurifil 12wt.
Next weekend is the Canberra Quilters Exhibition, and while I don’t have anything in the show this year (working on something for next year), I am looking forward to spending a bit of time with my people and having a bit of a squiz at what is happening. But I am not sure what it is that I am looking for from it.
Perhaps it is time for me to go back to the beginning and do some of the work which I actually really enjoy doing, because somewhere along the way I think I lost what it was that I enjoy about quilting.
This particular finish has been done for a while – but now is the time for me to actually talk about it.
When we start a quilt, we generally start out with a reason or purpose. I started this quilt at a time that I had a bit of stress going on, and I wanted to see some actual progress with something. Also, because of the nature of this particular quilt, I knew it would be a challenge. The design is by Crystal over at Raspberry Spool, and it challenged every fibre of my OCD being.
There are two perfect points in the quilt, and only I know where they are, I had to challenge myself to make the rest perfectly imperfect. I completed the top as part of a quilt-a-long and then slowly set about the task of hand quilting it.
I used pearl 8 cotton, in my usual style of large stitch quilting. A method I like as it hides my tired stitches and happens rather quickly.
The binding was the only fabric purchase I made for the quilt, using all of the precious fabrics I had in the stash, and batting I had bought years ago in thoughts of making a king sized quilt (who was I kidding), so I have cut into it as well.
So there we are. An actual finish. Something that is big enough to snuggle under – just in time for winter.
Started as part of a quilt-a-long a couple of years ago (I think), I decided not to use any new fabric in it, and instead use all of the precious fabrics I have collected over the years and never really used.
I am hand quilting it, which isn’t unusual for me, but isn’t something I had planned to do when I started this quilt – this is the quilt I made to get me over my fear/phobia/hatred of my sewing machine. This quilt is completely machine made. Which is not what I do (well did, I have made a number of mini quilts using my machine over the past 12-18 months).
I would love to finish this quilt, and it is part of my goals as part of the 2016 FAL… perhaps it will be done in Q2… who knows….
So I decided to start a new online space, I have rented server space, set up the menu system and I think I have worked out why I am here. There comes a point when you have to leave something behind in order to move forward, and while really there was nothing wrong with my former online home, I decided to move anyway… lets face it, I don’t really want to move house again (I have only just sorted out my sewing space), but I felt the need to change something. So the online home it is.
In the quilting space I am doing stocktake as well… you know what it is like, you start cleaning up, and you find a box, and you open the box, and in the box is a quilt top that you feel like you should… you know… actually quilt. It is my Modern Medallion, which I made as a part of Raspberry Spool‘s Modern Medallion quilt along, and it was languishing in a box in the wardrobe.
But this is a quilt for me. This is mine (my inner two year old is not letting go of it).