In my lifetime, I have made more quilts than we, our kids, or grandkids will ever need.
But, I still get the creative urge to make another one. These days I try to make something simple using scraps from previous quilts. At least, it satisfies my love of playing with fabric. Also, I have always been a hand-quilter, but I'm trying to move into the modern quilting age where machine quilting is the norm.
I made this piece last week -- an example of my new-found "Hare" quilting mode -- simple and fast. Instead for a rabbit, it looks more like a quilt suitable for a snake!
I'm still learning the machine-quilting part, as I struggle with the machine tension, stitch length, and design of continuous quilting patterns. But, I'm getting there.
Since, fortunately, we don't have a pet snake; it is now a table runner.
Now, for the "Tortoise" -- that slow, persevering animal. Even though I'm working on learning to machine quilt, I still prefer to hand quilt.
This quilt has been in the making for almost 10 years. Granted it has been stored away off and on when life got in the way of quilting. However, I'm determined to finish it this winter.
It is large with 6l blocks plus sashing and borders. There are over 100 different fabrics in the quilt -- all fussy cut to produce different combinations of fabric designs. I spent a couple of years making the top using hand-piecing, machine-piecing, hand-applique, and paper-piecing techniques. Finally, the layers were basted together and the hand quilting began. It takes me about three evenings to hand quilt one block. I'm now over half-way done on the quilting -- this has definitely been my life lesson in patience and perseverance. My 75th birthday is tomorrow, but I'm still trying to learn that patience thing!
You can bet that when I finally do finish this "tortoise" of a quilt, I will blog about it!!
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