This update is loooong over due! So... almost exactly five years ago I published my first post about patchwork and quilting... I had started an English paper pieced patchwork during that summer which I hoped to turn in to a beautiful quilt... I, rather grandly, named this project my Incredible Quilting Adventure. Which on the surface of it (since I'm 5 years along and still haven't finished) could be seen as a poor choice, and for some time now, that is indeed how I've seen it.
But today I want to defend my younger self's choice of name to my older self...
|Rainbow Mini Hexie Baby Quilt|
The quilt grew slowly at first, but pretty soon I had a nice long strip of blues, greens and pinks, and a crazy idea.... I was going to cut up white fabric and sew it back together again... just so I could lay that strip of hexagons on a bed of white and 'sprinkle' more hexagons around. I really didn't understand what I was letting myself in for, but sometimes you just have to give it a go!
Quite often I will start a project with no clear idea of what the outcome will be, altering an aspect part way through. With most projects the alteration can get kind of lost in the finished product, which is usually a good thing, but I love that with this quilt (and again here with this blanket) you can really see the change and it works as part of the whole. I love the all white parts of this quilt, and the sprinkle of coloured hexagons, they bring something that is so very different from what I expected the outcome to be, when I first chose those blue/green/pink fabrics.
|Baby Boy Quilt|
In the last 5 years while the IQA has been on the go I have also made...
A machine stitched baby boy quilt - I made a ton of mistakes had my first taste of how helpful the inhabitants of blogland can be, persevered and learnt a lot. (Mostly that I preferred hand stitching!)...
Two hand sewn rainbow mini hexie baby quilts - that time I knew the pitfalls of the quilting process... that wadding and backing larger than the top, and the correct machine foot are essential...
Three and a half hand sewn, hexagon patchwork cushion covers (two as a gift, one here and the other a work in progress) all of which just strengthened my love for EPP and it's gentle soothing rhythm....
And a hand sewn, large scale, hexagon quilt top, which is waiting for it's wadding, but has a back all ready to go!
|Large Scale Hexagon Quilt Top and Patchwork Cushion Cover|
So while the IQA is not yet finished, some projects have been, and still more begun. I've tried, failed, learnt, grown and discovered. It's been creative, crazy, cathartic, even frustrating sometimes, but always, always a whole lot of fun.
And really what's an adventure if not a fun and crazy experience?
After all the time and effort I've put in to hand sewing the patchwork, I want to continue the hand sewn love, and will be attempting to hand quilt it.... which is probably going to be a whole other adventure!
|The Incredible Quilting Adventure Quilt|
Enjoy any Halloween celebrations you have going on this weekend, we have Tim's parent's coming to stay, so i'm sure we will be enjoying some delicious food and getting in a beach walk or two!