It's been pedal to the metal over the past week. I had two long term quilting projects that needed to be finished.
The first quilt is for my younger son, Peter. He is a mariner...hence the maritime theme. This was also my first attempt at designing a medallion style quilt. I used a wide range of techniques in piecing the quilt including foundation paper piecing, broderie perse and English paper piecing. The ships came from a purchased panel.
The second quilt is an 80 inch square quilt I started about a year ago. The pattern for this was created by Joanna Figurola of Figtree Quilts. Piecing the top was very straightforward, but then the problems started. I wanted to quilt it entirely by hand using big stitch and using perle
cotton. The wadding was so heavy, it was absolute murder on my hands.
I found that I liked the look of it in the spools but it looked awful
in the sashing. I then unpicked the sashing quilting and quilted
it using the tiny throat space on my Bernina 1008. I realised after
it was too late to change it, that I would have to quilt the feathers on
half the quilt upside down, as I couldn't fit more than half of the
quilt into the throat space. To cut a long story short, the quilt has
taken me a year to finish. I really fell out of love with it. I just
hope the passage of time will help to rekindle my fondness of it!
Happy quilting, all!