The quilt that I'm sharing about is one that I made for my mom and took me approximately 1.5 years to finish and was my first (and probably last) king-sized quilt. Not necessarily because the piecing was difficult, but more because I couldn't make up my mind about the layout design and then later, the actual quilting.
|my first king-sized quilt|
Roughly into my second year of quilting, my mom kind of jokingly asked when I was going to make her a quilt for her bed. So I eventually came up with an initial design and bought a boatload of fabric in early 2009. However, during the course of the year I kept changing my mind about the quilt design because the fabric and the designs didn't work. I couldn't find the right fit between the fabric, what I thought was my mom's design and color sensibility and my skill level. However, I finally settled on the
|A closer look at the blocks|
Then I thought that I would just start piecing the blocks together, but I realized that I couldn't be as improvisational in the piecing as I initially thought I could because of how the colors wanted to play with each other. So that meant covering the floor of my small living room with lots of quilt blocks for a looong time and more indecision. That took about another 3 months.
Well, finally, I pieced it together and I flirted for a brief moment about quilting the behemoth on my domestic sewing machine, but sanity prevailed. The quilt top then sat, and sat, in the trunk of my car waiting for me to take it to a long-armed quilter, which I finally did. Because by that time I had missed my self-imposed Christmas 2009 deadline and then my parents' anniversary in March. I had to finish it by June 2010, my mom's birthday, because otherwise I knew that I would never ever finish it and would become the work in progress that would haunt me for the rest of my quilting days.
The quilter did a fantastic job and I learned a lot about accurate cutting, accurate piecing, sewing on the bias, the importance of 1/4 inch seams, and the challenges inherent in working with large pieces of fabric. Since making that quilt, I have felt more confident about working on larger quilts and think that the quilt was an important milestone in my quilting journey.
|A closer look at the roses quilted all over the quilt|