Note: If you receive a birthday present from me in the year of the birthday it’s intended for, consider yourself winning.
Although if it’s a quilt, perhaps that’s ambitious. Even tea-towels seem to present a challenge.
This is a quilt I’m sure I’ve been making for at least four years, and I think it was a Christmas gift for my mum. So many holidays have gone by since then, that I couldn’t be absolutely sure, but the main thing is that she now has it! My WIP pile is a whole lot smaller, which is awesome. (A double quilt takes up a lot of house room if it’s not actually on a bed…)
There are a couple of reasons why it took so long. Mainly that I lose concentration if there isn’t much variety within a project, and this is a project wth almost no variety. Many quilt designs at least let you make up individual blocks, each a nicely defined ‘chunk’ of sewing, and then they all magically come together at the end. Not this one. Essentially the clamshell quilt is just the same thing, repeated over and over for the number of shells you want to add. I’m honestly not sure I could ever do one again…
The other reason was that, once I was getting to the end of piecing the top, I couldn’t decide whether I actually liked it. You know? It’s really hard to motivate yourself to put a load more work into something you’re not 100% in love with. But the lesson I learned (and I’ve had hints of this before, so lets make it official this time!) is that I just don’t like unquilted tops. They could be the most perfect piecing, stunning fabrics, or striking design, but until being quilted there’s just something about them that feels a bit wrong.
It does look a bit washed-out in some lights, but I’m not too fussed. As you can see, it just about fits the bed! I intended to make it slightly bigger, but really just ran out of steam. Meh. It’s big enough.
I used a mix of unbranded fat quarters – they’re more like poplin than craft cotton, which I like. The coral band at the top (also used for the backing and binding), is the most glorious speckled chambray from one of Abakhan’s wire baskets. I’m so sad I used it all up…
But I’m so happy it’s finished! It’s nowhere near my record for longest WIP, but it’s been long enough. I’d love to hear your never-quite finished stories! Or are you more disciplined with your sewing?!