This marks a real milestone for me. A quilt I planned from the beginning. One that needed to be a particular dimension, and had a destination from the outset.
Probably 9 months ago I said I wouldn’t make another quilt “as big” as the out of control lap quilt I did around Christmas last year. Looking back, I think it’s because I didn’t love the quilt. I don’t think I even liked it to be honest. I found the piecing tedious and fiddly. I found the repetition “offensive” to my eyes and mind.
I still don’t love it, but it is true when “they” say that quilting makes it a different quilt. I do enjoy the “homeyness” of the FMQ that I did on it, now that it’s washed.
My cousin, Jo said that we’d have to get me piecing, but I was happy just quilting on the frame. I just kept thinking back to my “first quilt” and couldn’t get interested in that experience again. Of course eventually it happened – I ran out of things to quilt. Now what?
Apparently, it’s simple: I needed to find a pattern I liked and would enjoy creating. Enter the Labyrinth by Debbie Maddy.
I’ve actually enjoyed the process of piecing this one and watching it come to life. I love the optical illusion. I’ve actually made time to piece this quilt.
I started planning it in Electric Quilt about mid-September. I recreated the pattern in the software so I could play with colors and borders and sizes.
With a plan of putting this on the bed, I settled on dimensions of 95″ x 95″, a “sort of” queen size that would allow for a good sized border, with good drape over the edges of the bed, and little to no waste for the border fabrics.
On September 19th, I started cutting fabric.
Ronnie, the featherweight Ryan gave me for my birthday 2 years ago helped me do the stitching.
Last night, I finished the top.
Today, I hope to load it on the frame and start to quilt. Now to decide what I want to do for surface design.
I’m open to input, anyone? 🙂
Continuing on with my pop culture theme for post titles, I give you my favorite childhood / pre-teen movie: Labyrinth – starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly and brought to life by Jim Henson and George Lucas.