Friday, September 23, 2016

The BEAST Is Finished!

Beast. Behemoth. Hulk. Colossus. Any word you can think of that connotes something huge, then that would work if describing this finish. And, it's not just the size of the quilt I'm referring to. Over time, the size of the commission became just as huge, largely by my own creation - but that's a story for later.

For now, let's just enjoy the finish! Working to accomplish this finish accounts for my absence from blogging these last couple of days.

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"The hills are alive, with the sound of . . .  relief! Gee whiz, but I sure dragged my feet on this quilt.

Yes, I have finished Elisa's quilt and will be delivering it later today. We are going to unfurl it on the bed it was made for, and I will surely take pictures. (Elisa is an artist; maybe I ought to have her take pics.)

The bed in these pictures is a double bed, consequently this king-size quilt hangs off at the bottom and on both sides.




I have worked most furiously this last week. I finally had some sort of epiphany about working toward a finish and not toward perfection. This ah-ha moment gave me the push I needed to buckle down and get to work. And, of course, it was much easier than I'd been imagining. It just took lots and lots of time.

I have written about this quilt in previous posts, but just to quickly recap: Even though I'd never previously used the quilt-as-you-go method, I would say this qualifies as just that. After sewing all the strips together in long vertical sections, I machine quilted each section vertically in random distances. I tried to keep the stitching straight, but I didn't obsess about it if there were wiggly parts. I had to mentally think about how I would close the back after I'd sewn the front together, and this caused me lots of consternation. I eventually figured it out, and I am happy with the results. I will put together a post later to explain the process more fully.

Click here to read about the beginning of this quilt's journey. Here are a couple of posts from the work done over the summer - the piecing and the quilting.

Added Sunday, September 25: I am entering this quilt in Amy Ellis' Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Check out the Modern Quilts category and the Original Design category. While you're there, go ahead and vote for me! Thanks!

Happy Quilting, Friends!



3 comments:

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh I know exactly what you are speaking of! Why is it we fret so much about perfection when it's the tiny imperfections in quilting that make a home made quilt so wonderful! I can't wait for you post as this is something I have contemplated for a while.

Ramona said...

Congrats! on your finish. The quilt is beautiful... love all of the fabrics with the simple design. Well done.

Maryse said...

What a beautiful quilt, love the design!!