Some quilts are whipped up in an afternoon,
not very often, tis true, but it does happen.
And other quilts are started by one set of hands
and linger and wait until....
...finally it is finished by another set of hands!
This quilt top I brought a few years ago, maybe at an opshop
or maybe on Trademe, I can't remember.
It's sat and sat and sat waiting to be finished.
I decided it would be the first quilt to go on my new Juki machine
(more about that another time when we have it set up properly)
and so I squeezed it on and quilted the outside triangles.
The person who sewed it originally, made the centre diamonds bigger than the outside
triangles, so the thing doesn't lie flat,
but the applique was so beautifully done with little hand stitches
that I really wanted to finish it.
See the tiny stitches?? amazing.
It's an exercise in patience and perseverance.
I didn't make a great job of the quilting, it was my first go,
but I learned lots in the process. Then I hand quilted around the centres.
It makes the centre diamonds quite puffy and sorta looks like
it is supposed to be that way.
A red gingham back and a black binding and it is finally done,
many many years since it was begun.
It's not perfect but it is beautiful in it's own way.
I'm really happy with it.
Look at that, just goes to show it doesn't matter how long it takes,
it is the finishing of the project that is the important part.
I wish I knew who started it so they could see it now,
I hope they would think I've done it justice!!