Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My One And Only Quilt Project

Ah. I am happy now.
A 3 year unfinished project has finally been folded and placed in a special drawer.
I can go into 2010 with a clean slate. This project was hanging over my head for two Christmas holidays...I really thought I would finish it last year.
I took a classic quilt making class a few years ago and learned how to hand stitch a quilt. Each panel took hours and by the fifth panel I was thinking how crazy it was for me to be hand-stitching when I had two sewing machines in the other room. But, I had decided it was important to at learn the original method for making a quilt.....later I can use all the technology I want.

So I pieced it all together but was stalled when I realized I had no desire to do all the final top stitching. You know...all the swirly stitches that make the quilt look so pretty.

Then along came my Janome machine this summer. I was so surprised to receive a quilting board attachment. The machine was already pretty great...but this acrylic extension table meant I couldn't put off sewing my quilt for very much longer. It was a sign. All I needed was some extra time between One of A Kind show deadlines.

And of course, the very important free motion stitching option.
This means you can sew in any old direction you want. Look at those swirls!
It took me almost four hours to sew swirls all over the entire quilt. It was worth it.
Now that it is done I can honestly say that I definitely don't plan to make a hand-stitched quilt any time soon. I would have to be stuck somewhere without my tools and electricity for me to succumb to that idea again.
An all-machine stitched quilt.....well, that's a possibility.


martha brown said...

This is SO pretty, Carmi! congratulations!

Leslie Jane Moran said...

WOW. I have a similar quilt in a box somewhere. I'll bring it over in the spring :)!!

Great work and love the colours. Mine are so retro they may come back in again soon.

Carmi said...

Hey Girls! Martha, if you would have seen the instructors face when I pulled out my fabrics.....well what can I say...she clearly didn't like them. She was hoping I would go down a more muted classic path, which I could not do. Those bright colours kept me awake!

Sarah said...

What a gorgeous quilt. You must be really chuffed!

Carmi said...

Hello Sarah! I tried to leave a comment on your blog...but I don't think it went through! I love your new quilt! I am adding you to my link list as I think we may be kindred spirits!

me again said...

Carmi, you're a better woman than I am!!
I took a quilting class a few years ago (a MACHINE quilting class, although we did have to do one block by hand, which I hated) and while I love my fabrics (Christmas themed, in a subtle way, dark green, cream, gold and black...lots of black) I have yet to finish off the piece. We didn't have a great instructor -- she wasn't very inspiring and she wasn't good with a group -- and when I wasn't able to finish in class, I just basically gave up. That darn unfinished quilt -- no edging, no backing, no "quilting" -- has been hanging over the back of a chair in my studio for YEARS. Sigh.

Irene said...

This is fabulous, I have an unfinished quilt somewhere...

Susan Williamson said...

I think this is smashing! I, for one, would love to see what you would do with free form quilting, felting and resin embellishments.

Debbie Bates said...

Love your pretty swirls... and the fact that you just dove in and did it, FEARLESSLY!