Yes, I’m one of those people. I’ve made several quilt tops, but never actually finished one myself. Well, there was that 4 block wallhanging that I hand-quilted, but that’s not really the same thing. So, 8 years after taking a class on machine piecing and quilting, I finally have a completely finished quilt. It’s not even the one I started for that class (that would be the hyacinth quilt). This one I bought fabric for with money given to me for high school graduation – hence the violet and gold, my high school colors.
Last posted about here, this was one of those projects that was making me wince whenever I went through my mental “to be finished” project list, mostly because of all the yellow. Way too much freaking yellow. And not enough value variety. But hey – I was 17, so I’ve tried to cut my 17-year-old self some slack.
I just recently discovered the Free Motion Quilting Project. It’s awesome, amazing, educational, inspiring. Leah Day, the originator, recently started a UFO Sunday, which I’m only too happy to have found and joined. Since I really feel like I need to free up some energy for all the other projects I want to do or have started, I pretty much quilted for hours and hours on Sunday and then for awhile today too (extra day off, yay!). I am so, so happy for this thing to finally be finished. There’s a lot of things about it that make me cringe, but overall it’s a very bright, happy quilt that honestly does represent a lot of how I felt when I graduated from high school, so it serves its purpose.
Things I Learned:
- Good piecing will help other mistakes fade into the background.
- I will never, ever, ever use Joann’s premade binding again.
- I will not attempt a new free motion design after 11 pm. This was the reason for the horrible quilting on the border. But I was so ready to be done that…
- I will decide that some mistakes don’t have to be ripped out.
- I will make another Kaleidoscope style quilt one day – just in different colors.
- I will obtain Leah’s recommended quilting tools before free motion quilting another quilt – I’m going to feel the strain in my shoulders and hands for days.
- I will not give myself a two day deadline for quilting any quilt. Ever. Some of the mistakes I made in the quilting and binding on this quilt were due simply to the rush I was in. I wanted it done, and done yesterday – which for this quilt was ok, given how old it already was and that I really honestly didn’t like it much anymore – and that resulted in mistakes that could easily have been avoided if I had slowed down and put a little more value on quality versus quantity.
- Finished the apple tree. (pamhollanddesigns.typepad.com)
- Dot to Dot Quilting (quiltingismytherapy.com)