Saturday, April 11, 2009

On Finish Lines

The completed quilt... finally! I should have waited for some better lighting before photographing, but I got impatient. The weather and I were at a week long stand-off, and finally today Ijust gave in and accepted some slightly moody lighting. :-) This has been a labor of love in every sense of that phrase, and while the finished product certainly isn't flawless, I love it to pieces! (Haha, pieced quilt, love it to pieces... get it?! Oh, the level of humor...! ;D)

There's just something so magical about holding in your hands a realized idea. I've already used it oodles (thus some of the crinkliness of the quilt.. it's been washed, dried, and cuddled with non-stop!) and that's probably my favorite part about sewing. No matter how much you love a painting or photograph, you can't hug one!

Some logisitics:
~began picking out fabrics, figuring out design, and then cutting summer 2006
~began piecing the top winter 2006
~finished piecing top, embroidering back, and piecing back by winter 2007
~tied quilt spring 2008
~bound quilt spring 2009

The quilt measures (about) 46 inches square, and it took me roughly 35 hours just to bind it! I did every single thing by hand, and since this was my first quilt, I didn't know to use a running stitch. Instead, I used a very tight whipstitch, the stongest stitch I could think of at the time. About halfway through piecing the top, I took it with me to a fabric shop in search of some backing material that coordinated well. The employees all thought that I had serged the top, my seams were so dense with thread! By that time I didn't want to change my stitching styles even though I had finally realized that I was going a little bit overboard. So it goes. :-)

It took countless spools of brown thread, multiple trips to various fabric stores, and a good three years, but I've finally finished my quilt. Phew!


Now to start planning the next one...! ;)

Until then, love and best
your Bee ♥

Friday, April 3, 2009

On Almost Endings

I have been working on this quilt for a very long time. Years, in fact. I more or less completed it the spring before last, except for the binding. SO now I have finally bitten the bullet, and take up my quilt once more! The tedium of binding off the quilt isn't as heavy as I imagined it would be. It helps that a.) the binding makes the quilt look ridiculously better (I hadn't realized just how unfinished it looks otherwise) and b.) every stitch brings me closer to completion.

I can't wait! No time for more blogging now, off to stitch!! :-)

Love and Best,
your Bee ♥