There are two things that I absolutely love about quilting. The first is starting a new quilt. It is so fun to pour through my stash, finding fabrics I had forgotten I had, imagining what the new quilt will look like, and trying out new techniques. It’s all so exciting to begin. Then there is the second thing I love, finishing!! I adore sitting watching a movie while I hand stitch the binding down. The quilt that I imagined, and then brought to life, having spent hour upon hour cutting and piecing is finally done.
Today I want to share with you a quilt that has taken many years to be completed. I think I spent a year or so collecting fabrics. Looking for the perfect pieces at quilt shops and shows, coming home and adding it to the bin of fabric I had put aside for this quilt. Hour upon hour was spent cutting and labeling all the pieces, and finally stitching it together. Once together it needed to age a bit while I pondered quilting it. This quilt intimidated me. I loved the top so much, I didn’t want to ruin it with my less than perfect machine quilting. I finally decided to take the plunge and begin. I know a long arm quilter may have been able to do a more perfect job than me, but it was my baby, and I wanted to finish it myself. I am pretty pleased with it and can’t wait to put it on my bed!
The pattern for this 92×92 inch quilt came from Judy Martin’s book Scraps. The pattern name is Fanfare for the Heroes. According to my calculations it has 2435 individually cut pieces. Judy Martin stresses accuracy in cutting as well as piecing. If you cut accurately and perfect your scant 1/4 inch seam, anything is possible! She also has a tool called a point trimmer that helps you line all these angles up correctly. It really did make the piecing of this quilt so much easier.
I really do love this pattern designers work. The patterns stretch my ability and really help me grow as I learn new techniques.
So, now another quilt is complete. Where does that leave me now? I am certainly busy, that’s for sure! I will be sharing more about these very soon. Until then I will be enjoying the satisfaction of this finish.