Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Very Important Date

Not one to do things in a methodical structured fashion, I find myself frantically hand quilting to a deadline.

November 30th, 2014 to be precise.

On a quilt that I've been making since 2004 (possibly).  It's been so long in gestation that I've forgotten when it was conceived.  Only two more borders,  81" and 92".  That's 173" X 6.5" more to go!!
 

You may not be able to see the pattern easily on the picture above.  That is very likely because you cannot see the pattern very easily on the quilt either.  In my earlier quilting days, I was unaware that the complex patterned fabric I chose for the border would obscure the quilting pattern.


It's a double baptist fan pattern.  Not a single, a DOUBLE.  That may explain why it has taken so long to finish the quilt.  But the other, correct reason is that knowing that the very intense quilting wouldn't really be seen produced a quandary.  After having quilted one border the dilemma was:  

do I undo the quilting and start again with a simpler, more expedient pattern?
or
do I just keep going to the bitter end? 


After much hand wringing and just ten years you can see what I decided.  After all that work, I just couldn't undo it, so now I find myself on a deadline.  Which is where you came in.  More later.  Right now,  I'm back to quilting.                                                          

13 comments:

Every Stitch said...

It's a lovely pattern and really does show on the quilt - the double row almost looks like trapunto. All the best with the deadline and look forward to seeing the finished quilt!

lmno said...

I picked up an older project and am just sitting back enjoying every stitch. It is going faster than I ever imagined. I have been practicing throughout using my thumb to push lines of stitching. Quite fun with good results. I purchased one of those leather thimbles to help push. Turns out it is great for grabbing the needle to pull it as well. Bliss. 80/20 Hobbs batt that was presoaked. That seems to help as well.

Julie Fukuda said...

As they say in Japan, "Gambatte"!
Loosely translated, Hang in there, kiddo!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

It is beautiful and well worth the effort. Enjoy every stitch and welcome back to Blogland. I'm just starting out and enjoying it very much.

Dawn said...

Enjoy every stitch! Love that stencil. I could see the double line on your border print.

Janet O. said...

I just machine quilted feathers into a border of busy fabric and it doesn't show either, but wasn't nearly the work of what you are doing.
I applaud you for getting back to it and will cheer you on to the finish. It will be heirloom quality with that beautiful quilting, easily visible, or not! : )

audrey said...

Good luck with the deadline! I don't know whether to love them or hate them.:)

The Quilted Finish ph 02 63310084 said...

I have only hand quilted 2 quilts, my first 2 , neither of them are finished!! They are bound and have been used but the borders on both are not quilted completely. So I truly admire and cheer you on to finish the hand quilting , I so love the look of hand quilted quilts, absolutely worth your effort! I too can't wait to see the finished quilt, the tease picture looks lovely.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

From what I can see, I love the colors in the photo and can see the stitching, yes :)

The Cozy Quilter said...

A little bit each day and you will get this project done on time! Keep sewing!

Missie of Traditional Primitives (formerly Hallbrook Designs) said...

Keep at it Girlfriend! I am in the same dilemma and need to finish my next design very quickly! I'm still pondering how to quilt mine... Good Luck Finishing!

Quilter Kathy said...

That is a tough decision for sure! Such a labour intensive design. Keep going... if you do a little each day, it all adds up!

Anonymous said...

I can see the quilting lines, and I think it could be one I choose for the border of my next completed (cross fingers) quilt. Looks lovely. Thanks for the inspiration, keep stitching, you'll get there. Elaine xx