When did this quilt begin? I suppose I finally pulled the pieces out of the stash a few months ago. The top was sewn up sometime in October and then it sat around waiting for the quilting which I did in November. I know I've been sharing little bits along the way here and here.
And now it's done. Done!
The fabric I purchased here and it's from Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley. It's lovely, isn't it? That Denyse has certainly got an eye for color. I cut out 8 inch squares of a few favorite prints and sewed them up. The border & backing are linen and I made bias tape from scraps for the binding. This was time consuming, but I am so glad I did it. I also love the little strip of patchwork color along the back. (inspired by looking at far too many quilts on pinterest!) The whole thing measures about 4 by 5 feet. Just the size for leaving over the back of the couch. The linen contrasts so nicely with the cotton… though it was wrinkly to work with. I ended up with a few puckers in the quilting which I almost seam ripped until Joe came to my rescue with one of his let it be bits of talk. So it's be-ing… just as it is. I didn't follow a pattern, though this book is quite helpful for quilting basics.
It's simple. I needed simple to finally jump over my big quilting hurdle. Little ones I do all the time here, true. But big ones? Patchwork ones? Hand sewn binding ones? I was afraid it would end up in the not finished pile I have. Please tell me a few of you also have one of those piles? C'mon, I won't tell anyone.
You want to see a few pictures right? I was so hoping you'd ask….
A happy little hope quilt.
Are you working on something these days?