aka the paper-piecing nightmare neverending quilt …..
It all started a while ago, when I fell in love with a pack of vintage fabric hexagons over at Pomme de Jour (one of my favourite vintage places on the internet). I thought they’d be just lovely against old denim in a scrap quilt ….. and I was right.
What I hadn’t factored in was just how long this was going to take to produce a quilt of any reasonable size! I had rather grandiose dreams of piecing a twin bed quilt in this …. but …. being so busy with orders for other people can sometimes be a double-edged sword – it is WONDERFUL in all ways, but it does leave me very little time to work on quilts (and other projects) for myself. (However, having spent the wilderness years wondering if the whole thing was an enormous waste of my time, you’ll never catch me complaining!!)
Anyhoo – back to the quilt. If I’d stopped to realistically think how long it was going to take me, I probably would never have started. For this reason, I’m refusing to consider my tendency to dive into projects head-first a character flaw ….. even if it did take months for me to grow the quilt to this ….
So that by the time I got to roughly a metre square, I decided that enough was enough already, and it’d be a lap quilt, OK?
And then, because by this point I’d obviously entered the twilight zone of quilting insanity, I decided it wanted hand-quilting. With embroidery perle.
well duh. Of course, there’s that horrible moment when you realise that it may well take the rest of your life to finish this project ….. so it was in and out of the ufo pile for AGES. At least a year. I’d do a bit, lose the will to carry on, toss it aside. Come back again a couple of months later, repeat the whole process.
Until, slowly but surely, I noticed I was nearly finished. Oh, how that spurs the motivation!! A flurry of frenzied evenings ensued – I went on a total mission to finish it up. I can’t tell you about the callouses (callii?? how do you spell that?) on my thumb and first two fingers …… but it is done. And it is such a happy little quilt ….. I’m so pleased I did it, and didn’t let common sense put me off.