Sewing has been fun lately. Really. It is even when I have to stop and take apart the sewing machine to repair whatever is causing the clunking sound (flannel fuzz from the next quilt). There is a feeling of accomplishment, of creating something that will last. The creative juices are flowing. I want to do more. If only there was time to do more.
Time is what it took for my niece's quilt. I had an idea, inspired by the material I used to sew the curtains for her bedroom. I started collecting coordinating fabrics a little more than a year ago. I would stop in quilt shops wherever we happened to be. A few pieces were from my stash, either what I had inherited from my mom or leftovers from other projects.
The inspiration fabric is the right, horizontal piece.
I cut the fabric into four inch strips and then into shorter pieces. All of those were dumped into a basket and mixed up. I randomly pulled out pieces and stitched them end to end into a very, very long ribbon. That ribbon was cut into pieces to fit around some appliques I had sewn.
The Hairy Beast supervising the piecing process
Appliques - in process and completed
I tried something different with this quilt. I brought it to the local shop where they quilted it on their long arm machine. At roughly 75" x 57", it was just too big to do on my table top machine. And, boy I am glad I did! The woman who did the quilting chose a heart pattern in pink thread. Wonderful!
backside of quilt - hearts
Even when it seventy plus degrees out, it's never to warm to cuddle under the quilt!