Ta-da! Here it is, finish #2 for 2016. Finally!
I started this little wholecloth quilt in a hand-quilting class in Coral Springs, Florida, in 1999. Yes, that long ago. Why wasn’t it finished sooner? I’ll tell you. I started this when my son was just a wee one. I got busy, as we all do, moved a couple of times, and would sit down with it every so often and work a bit. It soon became my “practice piece,” the one I’d pull out when I hadn’t stitched anything in a while and felt like I needed to warm up. Then I’d put it away again. Another move or two and it ended up buried with other UFOs. But when I found it not long ago, I decided it was time to give the poor thing a finish at long last.
It is 20″ square, and was marked with a commercial stencil (probably from The Stencil Company. The batting is Hobbs Thermore which is really nice to needle. It’s very thin polyester and is great for small things, has a lovely drape. I don’t know that I would use it for a bed quilt because I don’t really want to sleep under polyester, but I’ve done other wall quilts with it and liked it very much.
I finished the quilting just after Christmas and laid it aside again, in the ABD pile (all but done). It ended up high on my list of things I wanted to finish this year so I put the binding on (I had actually kept the bit of fabric for its binding folded with it, intact–a minor miracle!) and, while stitching that, decided it wasn’t really done until it had a label and a sleeve. Will I hang it? Who knows, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
This piece is fun for me to look at. My stitching goes from huge in the center, where I started, to fairly respectable in the feathers. It is not consistent and not even, thanks to all the starts and stops. But I can actually remember quilting some of those parts and what I was thinking at the time so it’s a sort of time capsule for me. No one else would know, but I am amused.
Solid colored things are tough to get photos of, but you can get an idea what it looks like. It took two washes and a soak to get it presentable. Years of pencil markings were tough to get out. There were also a couple of blood spots (remember, I got this out when I hadn’t been stitching in a while. It bore the marks of sore fingers!) In the end, all of the markings are not gone and there’s a trace of blood still on it. But it’s done, it’s mine, and I am pleased.
So, there you go. My second of 55 finishes for the year.
How are you doing with your finishes?
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