Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Hand quilting challenge
This quilt has been waiting many years to be finished, I've had it sitting in my bedroom all winter waiting for me to do some more hand quilting on it. As I've missed winter and we've moved onto spring maybe I better get a move on.
I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it, bought the book and knew straight away that I had to make it. The book is called Pink Lemonade and Other Delights by Linda Johnson and this quilt on the cover was called Pink Lemonade. At the time I'd made special quilts that I hand quilted for my Mums 60th Birthday and my Brother In Laws wedding present. I decided that as I was 38 I could start a special quilt for my own 40th birthday. I felt 2 years was a reasonable amount of time to finish it. Hahaha. I think I'd started the quilting by the time I turned 40 and now as I edge towards 50 it is definitely time to try finish it.
There have been quite a few obstacles along the way and I think I've learnt some very valuable lessons as well. One important lesson is don't leave anything you're working on folded up in the corner of the lounge room when your teenage daughter has a sleepover with 10 of her closest friends. I discovered after the sleepover that someone had spilt coca cola on the back of my quilt!! It was such a dilema I wasn't sure what to do, it was partly quilted but the stained part was only basted. The fabric wasn't prewashed or the cotton batting either. I decided to leave it in the too hard basket and now that its well and truly set I'm going to cut stained piece of backing off and applique a new piece on. Luckily stain didn't get to the front of the quilt.
Maybe by the end of September I'll be well on the way to finishing!!