Is it your dream to be paid to quilt? Well, it isn’t mine, but it sort of came true this year with Covid and work from home. My Covid journey began with two weeks of on-line training, and then my return to my regular schedule of meetings meant I was sitting behind a computer screen listening and talking for 8-10 hours per week, with minimal note-taking. I needed to focus on the presentation or conversation in each meeting, and yet I can’t sit idle.
And ta-da! Those 40 or so hours of hand quilting took this quilt from half-finished to done! The pattern is by Rachel Hauser at Stitched in Color, from the Angled e-class in 2014. The star fabrics are all Anna Maria Horner, purchased over the years, with low volume backgrounds. Even the backing and binding fabrics are by AMH. Looking back through my posts, I started the quilting in May of 2017.
I had left the batting oversized, but as I showed in this post, the batting (Quilter’s Dream Orient) was bearding from handling. So I stay-stitched the edge, trimmed the batting, and added the binding this past Christmas holiday, allowing me to slowly stitch the binding to the back in parallel with finishing the quilting. It is light and warm, and drapes nicely.
My original design concept was more organized, but everything got mixed up while sewing, so when I laid out the triangles that would become stars I created one “same-fabric” star in each row, to give it a little order. The stars are echoed inside with 12-wt Aurifil thread 2915 (very light brass), plus a hexagon in the centre of each star for stability, while the background diamonds have 50-wt Aurifil echoes in 2900 (light sand). Finally, I used the embroidery function of my sewing machine to make a label and hand stitched it in place. I’m keeping this one.
Finished size: 60″ x 70″
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Orient
Started 2014, finished 2020.
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