Quilting days …
15/01/2012 § 22 Comments
I’m completely obsessed with quilting!
It’s a phase, it’ll pass and some other creative urge will take over, but for the moment, I’m completely smitten with creating patchwork quilts.
The process is long-winded and whichever part of the process I’m in, I positively ache to reach the next stage …
When I’m choosing fabrics, I want to be cutting out; when I’m choosing the pattern and making the first cut, with breath held in anticipation and trepidation, I want to be piecing. Then, with the blocks all arranged it grows – row by row as I piece it together – and all I can think about is the quilting!
Eventually, the quilt top, all lightweight and crisp is pressed and trimmed ready for making the quilt sandwich. But before any of that can happen – there’s the back! A simple lightweight stripe in palest green and rose for this quilt. Of course, there’s the name to be chosen and a label stitched, then the back-ache of leaning over and pinning – and pinning – and pinning – all the layers together and still I’m thinking about the quilting! Expectation and challenge, all rolled into one!
Then, the magic moment – feed dogs lowered, super-slider mat in place, and we’re off on a journey across every block. I’ve found that classical waltzes are the ultimate music-to-quilt-to! And guess what – while I’m listening and quilting, in my head I’m planning the next project!
Binding is definitely an evening pursuit. Good light and a good film are what’s required and last night, Rose’s binding was hand-stitched whilst I enjoyed The Bridges of Madison County. I’d finished by the time I needed tissues! I love that film!
Meet Rose – quilt no 2 of 2012 …
Here are some of my favourite blocks – just can’t decide on an overall favourite …
It’s almost 5′ square so would fit a double bed, or generously engulf a single bed or sofa, for snuggling and cuddling. It’s all crisp at the moment, until the first wash brings all the texture of the quilting popping up and wobbling amongst the meandering waves of stitching.
I’m on a pink mission at the moment – the next one’s all geraniums! And after that there are blues and russets, but maybe I’ll be making other things before then. I’m loving my quilting days at the moment – more quilting minutes really, snatched in amongst a busy schedule of home and work, collies and Flora the duck.
I’m linking up to Wendy’s Handmade Monday and maybe some others this week!
Enjoy the sunshine – are we going to have any snow?
PS (September 2012 – Rose has been all over the west country with us in Dolly this summer. I absolutely love her and spent precious moments just before drifting off to sleep, tracing the quilting stitches in waves and remembering that I made her)!