Where were you in 2008? How many quilts have you finished since then? How much have you learned about quilting & life since then?
I am blessed to have a very small group of online friends that have been in my life for about 8 years. It’s hard to believe I’ve “known” them that long & only met 1 in person, but alas, it’s true. We met when I was very new to quilting (been quilting only about a year), and they’ve watched me grow as a quilter, open my quilt shop, and live my dream.
In 2008 we swapped blocks. These blocks, just like all these women, meant a lot to me. As a result, I decided that the quilt from our swapped blocks deserved to be hand quilted. 5 years later, I am finally finished.
yes, oops, I hung it upside down (note the heart block)
I can’t tell you how much I learned about hand quilting, and quilting in general, since I started this quilt. This quilt was cast aside for other projects for months & years at a time. It’s been with me through many trials & triumphs in my life, just as the friends that contributed to it have been right there with & for me.
So, I dedicate this quilt to all my QCG peeps, whether you swapped a block or not.
Not many quilts I make are decidedly MINE, but there is no question about this one. It will be on display in the shop, so come on by and take a looky-loo!
Some shots from the back:
I’ve been asked if I was un-motivated by the hand quilting-if that’s why it took so long & so many breaks. No. That’s not it at all. I only dedicate evening TV time to hand work. In that same 5 years, as the hand quilting was cast aside, I have worked on other hand work, including those yo-yo’s. And I am so jazzed over this finish, I am chomping at the bit to get back to those yo-yo’s! I have been marking the yo-yo strips for hand piecing & then the hand quilting will begin on that one. More on that project as it progresses!