Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A long Gestation

Here is a project started a long time ago on a trip to Darwin, perhaps in 1996/7.  I had great fun buying the fabric from "Frangipani" fabric shop which has since moved to Tasmania.  A friend showed me an easy "floating four-patch" technique that I just had to try and in a flurry of excitement  this quilt was born.  There are 169 blocks and it is 1.75 sqm (70sq").
When I got to the border, I wanted to do something different so I appliqued a curved border.  It wasn't quite right.

So this quilt spent many seasons at the back of the cupboard.

After seeing the "Trick or Treat" quilt in "When the Cold Wind Blows" by Barb Adams and Alma Allen I thought the applique in the setting triangles might work.  On it went and the quilt was ready for some custom long arm machine quilting.  Thanks to Verna, the quilt was almost ready.

That was more than 12 months ago.  I knew what binding I'd use.  I just didn't feel excited by the quilt any more.

Yesterday, I needed to clean up the floor in my sewing area and it seemed like the time to finally finish this quilt.  No name, no label.  It is an unloved reminder of why projects should not languish at the back of the cupboard for any length of time.
On a lighter note, here is a picture of some strips cut for my next project.  1.5" strips of warm stripes and cool spots.
Halfway through cutting, I realised I might have more strips if I'd chosen warm spots and cool stripes.  What the heck!  It's done now.  Fingers crossed for a quick finish so that this project doesn't end up in a  dark cupboard.


Crispy said...

Hooray for the finished UFO!! I agree, letting projects languish in the closet is not a good idea, our tastes change so quickly LOL. Sure would love to see this whole quilt :0)


The Quilted Finish ph 02 63310084 said...

Well done you! I lack self discipline and find it hard to work on something that's lost its zing. I really like the floating 4 patch. I agree with Crispy, it's a tease just showing us the folded
quilt, how 'bout a full frontal!!