Despite being a "Quilter", I find the part of the process that intimidates me the most is the...quilting. Especially on things that I just adore the piecing on. As my piecing gets better, the intimidation ratchets up. So, I had gotten stuck with this quilt. Loving it too much to "ruin" it. Unsure if my planned quilting would work. Fretting.
And I had excuses. I was sick. And then we were busy. And the baby was already born, so since I'd missed that deadline, what could a little longer hurt?
Thankfully, my friend who helped us paint, also provided a healthy does of inspiration and staying on task. We had planned a craft day and by the end of it? I had quilted the quilt! And it had turned out better than I had hoped and WAY better than I had feared. And the back looked great! And I had had no reason to fret at all. True friendship in action folks, believing in you even when you doubt.
The image up top shows the quilted and trimmed top. I know it's hard to see the quilting on, so here is a shot of my layout (marked with yarn borrowed from aforementioned friend).
You may recall that a couple of months ago I kicked off a charity sewing project with my guild. Well, at our meeting last week we officially closed accepting blocks. (There are a few more already done that are en route to me, but for the most part, I have them all.
And aren't they a glorious sight? All said and done, we've had 25 blocks contributed. I'm going to make a couple more to get us to the nice round number of 27--enough for 3 lap quilts, each with 9 blocks. I'm so thrilled at how my guild mates embraced the concept and I love seeing how blocks made by so many different people all come together. Fabulous. : )