|Finished - 3rd attempt.|
To be perfectly honest, I'm usually not one to stick around and put in hours and hours of time and effort to perfect something - especially when I keep having to go back and undo what has already been painstakingly finished. To be even more honest, if I don't pick it up quickly, then I will usually move onto something else - something that I am a little more skilled at. However, this is proving not to be the case with quilting - and I am somewhat surprised.
In my previous quilt posts, (you can read about them here)I have mentioned that I have researched, taken classes, watched countless you-tube videos, all in an attempt to make the 'perfect' quilt. This is considerably more effort that I have put into researching any other craft.
|Nature's Basket - by Blackbird Designs|
My latest quilt is a case-in-point. I had enormous fun with a disappearing 9-patch design. It came together relatively easily and quickly but the machine quilting was finished on my 3rd attempt. Yes, that's right, 2 previous attempts were meticulously unpicked and restarted. This quilt (which I have called Eucalypt Harvest) could easily have been thrown (rather hastily and with some force) onto the 'never to be retrieved' pile .. but I just couldn't let it go. I think it has something to do with holding onto the creative juices that inspired the selection in the first place.
I couldn't wait to start sewing with this fabric (Nature's Basket by Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabric) so once I had calmed down and could look at the quilt again without
|Eucalyptus Leaves Free Motion Quilting|
It has been machine quilted with a rather dense design of Eucalyptus leaves and when the final hand stitch was in place on the binding, I gently and reverently folded it up. There were no 'high 5's' or whoops of excitement. Just an overwhelming sense of relief that I had done justice to the fabric. I placed it in my cupboard - and was instantly reminded about what drove me to quilting in the first place.
|Keeping the dream alive ...|
It was the image of a cupboard full of handmade quilts.
Happy Quilting (no matter how many times it takes)
|1st Attempt at Machine Quilting|
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