Friday, 6 May 2016

Tumblers [a joint finish]

I have a finish along finish to share today!

Two years ago my mother-in-law, Linda, asked me to quilt a quilt top she'd made. It's not my style of fabric, but it is a lovely quilt top! I then ignored it. We moved house with it. I ignored it a bit more. I did make sure that it was downstairs and in view, rather than hidden in a cupboard. By keeping it in sight, it's even made it onto quite a few finish along lists. Though that's as far as it got.

The day before I was induced, Linda, came round. She spotted the quilt. Mentioned the quilt. And I took my opportunity: Linda entertained Mia and rather than spend the next two and half hours sat on the sofa, I spent them at my sewing machine.

And that was all the time it took - two and a half hours and it was done. Tell me again why I've put this off for two years? I did an all over stipple, which is well in my comfort zone. Much as I like challenging myself with more complex free motion quilting, I do actually really like the effect of a stipple, especially after it's been washed. I used a cream 40w Aurifil thread for the stipple - 40w isn't my poison of choice, but when you accidentally order 4 reels of it over the years, and don't use it, you build up quite the stock pile!

And the binding was something of a miracle. I knew I had the fabric. We moved house with the fabric. I walked straight into the room where I store my sewing supplies and picked it up straight away - and that, my friends, is a true miracle! It wasn't until this week that I finally got to making and attaching the binding. That red frame really sets it off. This quilt will be on its way to its new owners soon.

At the end of the quarter I'll link up with the Finish Along ladies! You can find my original list here.


Anthea said...

well done Jennie - it looks great - see what a good deal of procrastinating can achieve?! x

Lin said...

Well done both of you - a great finish. xx

Eleanor said...

The stippling looks great here! Sometimes the easier quilting works just as well if not better than the more complicated stuff!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Congratulations on the finish!

Nicky said...

Isn't that so often the way - things take a lot less time and effort than we fear! It always make me feel a little silly afterwards having ut so much effort into not doing it!