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Coming together

Work in progress? Well, yeah four years on this quilt top so far!

I started it in 2009 as part of a Crazy Mom Quilts quilt along. Everyone, of course, was making one nine patch a day on their sewing machines. Not me. Oh no, not only did I decide to add fussy cut cornerstones, I decided to make it by hand. One a day by hand. Nuts? Well, not really, I did actually manage all the 9 patches pretty much on time. And then I couldn’t keep up any more!

I used the ‘American patchwork’ method of joining the squares with little running stitches. Simple and fairly quick. It would’ve been a whole lot quicker (and squarer) if I’d not cut them with 1/2″ seam allowances though. I don’t know why I did that, but I still managed to get things wonky, haha! (I am soooo much better now 😉 )

Blue 9 patch quilt top in progress. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

From hand to machine

It was a special quilt for me. It was meant to be something nice for myself (to do and to have) after splitting up with Kim’s dad after 23 years. I have some fond memories of sitting in the garden sewing it, and taking it to friends to work on too. I remember I could only afford to buy a couple of fat quarters once a week (I can’t even do that now!!!!) and the pleasure I got when I found another great Kaffe Fassett print I wanted to use 🙂

Blue 9 patch quilt top in progress. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

So far so good. Borders and quilting next.

I was also working on Kim’s quilt at the time and that one took priority over this one. Occasionally I took it out and made headway with the vertical sashing between the blocks. Then I got about half way through stitching together the horizontal sashings and joining half the rows together before it got put aside. I’ve felt guilty and sad every time I’ve looked at it since then. So I decided, this would be the year I finish it. As long as I can afford to buy some wadding and backing fabric at some point.

Blue 9 patch quilt top in progress. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Detail of some of the Kaffe Fassett fabrics

Last night I really wanted to do some sewing on the hexie quilt, but I’ve run out of black fabric (and so has the shop) so that was a non starter. I wanted something I could get my teeth into, remembered my promise to myself and dug this out. I’d already decided I’d finish the patchwork by machine, just to hurry the process along a bit so that I could do the quilting by hand, but I didn’t realise I’d get this far in just one evening!  And now I can’t go any further because I need more fabric for the borders. Bloody typical! I could cry! But I won’t. Instead I’ll just daydream about how wonderful it’ll be by the end of the year 🙂

What’s your biggest unfinished project? (This is definitely mine!)

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9 replies
    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      OMG Suedre you are NUTS!!! I think everyone should take a look at what you’re up to, it’s an amazing undertaking!

      And yes, one of the most wonderful things about quilting, for me, are the personal stories that are entwined with them. I think it’s one of the reasons I love reading about the history of quilting – all those unknown women and what their quilts say about their lives, the times they lived in…amazing 🙂

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  1. Ann
    Ann says:

    It looks lovely, especially in the room where it was photographed. I look forward to seeing your progress. BTW, I have y’all beat – the last quilt I hand pieced & hand quilted remains half-quilted 25 years later. The oddest thing is that I still really like it.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      I think if you still really like it Ann, you gotta get it out and get it finished!! It’ll probably count as ‘vintage’ nowadays, lol 😀

      I photographed the quilt top in my bedroom. Not all the walls are that colour, the rest are white, so I think the colours and patterns in the quilt will add some life to the room. As long as I don’t have to repaint it before I finish it!

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  2. Jennie @ Jennie's Threads
    Jennie @ Jennie's Threads says:

    It’s beautiful – good luck getting it finished this year – I think we’ve all got projects like this – a tiny bit over-ambitious, which look at us every time we open the cupboard – good on you for moving it along!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Jennie, lovely to meet you! I think it was probably a teensy bit over ambitious when I started it, but I’m not in the least bit daunted by it now and can’t wait to get quilting on it! Something to keep my legs warm as I work on it over the winter maybe…

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      When I hand quilt, I never want it to end! I just love doing it so much, but I know what you mean, when something’s done (especially when it’s big and it’s taken years) it does give you a kind of freedom to work on other projects without the guilt! Have you got pictures of yours on your blog? Would love to see it.

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