This quilt (tutorial here) started early in the year, when a favorite friend and I decided to have a regular sewing afternoon together once a week. What a great excuse to hang out, and actually getting some quilting done was a total bonus! I found these beginning pictures in my "mar/apr 2014" folder. Long time coming. Some of the fabric, though, I've had since early Florida days. Longer time coming.
I finished the top quilt sometime right before the summer, but waited awhile for backing and binding fabric to be decided upon/bought/delivered. Then when I got home from the west, my mind was filled with other things/quilts. For some reason, though, October hit and it was TIME to finish this beautiful thing.
I'll admit I tried to save time by machine quilting at first. I made it one vertical line down before turning the quilt over and finding I had totally bunched the backing up like crazy. It was ugly. So was the unpicking process. After that I embraced the hand quilting avenue, remembering almost instantly that I LOVE the hand quilting aspect. What took me so long?
Perhaps I'm a bit obsessive, but I finished the quilting in about 3 days. Then the binding took another couple and voila, (voila meaning only 176 steps completed in only 8 months) finished!
My favorite helper was there for another porch reveal. Thanks polka-dot socks girl.
We gave this one away to a sweet family with three girls! I hope they have lots of happy moments with it.