Monday, 29 March 2010

After the storm

I started this quilt in 2001 - just after I'd left Oregon but was still returning to visit 2 or 3 times a year. The top went together quite quickly although I pieced a lot of it by hand, sitting in planes and airport departure lounges.

Then came the quilting. I started quilting by hand with concentric circles centred on the large square blocks. It looked ok but didn't set the world alight  - not so much storm at sea as raindrops on a stagnant pond - so I put it to one side and moved on to other projects.

And then, earlier this year, I made a decision to complete as many of my unfinished projects as I could to clear space for new projects and new pursuits. And so, I spent a few snowy evenings snuggled under this quilt removing the hand quilting. I was surprised by how neat and even the stitches were and in some small way I was sorry to see them go, but my mental image of windy, wavy swirls kept my mind on the task and my hand on the seam ripper. I've spend the last couple of days sewing big swirls and I am very happy with how it has brought this quilt to life. Just the binding to go, and my list of unfinished quilts will be one item shorter.

3 comments:

Michelle said...

What a lovely quilt. What will you do with the completed article? Keep it? Gift it? Sell it? I vote for keep it.

Bonnie said...

Beautiful!

Quiltification said...

I'm not keeping it, but giving it to my fabulous sister. Hopefully I'll still get to sleep under it whenever I go to visit.