Thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me once again to guest post on Stash Manicure. My name is Jane and my blog is Sew Create It. Today I’m going to air out my dirty laundry and share with you my oldest UFO (UnFinished Object).
Twelve years ago I started a quilt... but not just any quilt: The Piecemaker’s 1999 Times and Seasons Quilt. Some of you might remember it as the one with the lighthouses. At the time I was living in Montreal and a few friends of mine were making their way through the 1998 calendar and I wanted to jump on board and try my hand at hand-appliqué. The 1998 calendar was no longer available, so I opted for the 1999 calendar... this is the quilt I started:
Nothing like jumping in the deep end! Most sensible people start their appliqué journey with a heart or a flower... but no, not I... I started with a quilt that measures 80” square! I have no idea what I was thinking, but I suppose when you have your peers putting the pressure on you and telling you that they will help you along the way, one does make silly choices.
I suppose now, in hind sight, I wouldn’t say it was a silly choice, because what better way to learn a new skill but to practice, practice, practice.
The construction of this quilt was a challenge on many fronts. For starters the quilt is made up in sections or blocks. You can see the seam line along the left side in this picture. It was important to get the hedge and the sky to meet perfectly to create a seamless effect.
Some of the pieces were really small and it was sometimes easier to use a motif out of commercial fabric than to piece it.
I also used fabric creatively to give the illusion of texture. You can see in this picture I have used a bamboo print to create cliffs.
When it was being pieced I had no idea that my life would bring me to the U.K. So I’m ever so pleased I included references to Canada.
This could be Peggy’s Cove!
From the top square to the last there is a difference. In the top corner I didn’t know about cutting away the back and reducing the bulk as I layered up the appliqué. The stitches are bigger and the curves aren’t curvy at all! But by the last blocks, which were completed in 2002, there is a marked improvement and I can honestly say I had tackled every appliqué shape possible!
So now there you have it...my oldest UFO. I just need to get it basted and get it quilted...
But that’s just it, how does one finish a quilt that is all made by hand, yet has areas that are so thick with fabric there is no way it could be hand quilted? Can you really machine quilt a quilt all done by hand? Well... it’s taken me years to make that decision and I think 2011 might just be the year it gets finished. I won’t tell you what I’ve decided... I want to know what you would do! :o)