After countless hours, I have finished my version of the Civil War diary Quilt. I used the EQ program to paper piece the little 6 inch block and used the book of the same title for my inspiration. I learned how to paper piece on the quilt. I always jump into the deep end in a project, no small ones here!
I decided to use up my scrap bin. This quilt is a statement about my style as a fusion between traditional and modern. After I made these blocks, I was given the Farmer’s Wife book and the blocks were on point…..idea sparking
I loved idea of mixing solids and prints. This queen sized quilt is the result of a work that came straight from the heart.
Taking it off the frame, it is quilted in free hand feathers in an all over design.
And it took almost one cone of thread!! See full cone is on the left!
I was so upset when I finished the top. It languished in the pile of tops to be quilted. You see, just like me and you will see many life parallels here, it wasn’t perfect. And I have this lingering idea from the deepest parts of my inner self that imperfection is unacceptable.
It’s points had a few chopped off, the on point setting was a bit off in spots, didn’t line up. And the worst was, it had a few spots where it didn’t lay flat. Kinda like my abs…..
I wanted to pitch it, you know throw it in the trash, to hide it to never show it to anyone. It would be my secret that I made a quilt with so many technical problems . But I had so much invested in it, I decided to finish it and make it a utilitarian quilt. Hmmmm, lots of work massaging the bulges, pulling the batting and there are a couple of spots where things aren’t flat. Lots of work and I fell in love with this quilt all over again. How could I have even entertained the thought of abandoning this in a unfinished pile of work???
It wouldn’t win any prizes at a quilt show, nor I at a beauty pageant lol, but it is really wonderful. I am so glad. It is a quilt of accumulated experiences and was finished as I had the skills to complete the tasks.
It isn’t always about the finished quilt. It was the process and this one will be truly loved and used. And maybe shown in public next year for a Civil War display at the library but not a judged show. A little twinge of sadness hits me that it is finally finished but I have it’s sister quilt top, Farmer’s wife laying in a UFO pile as the block aren’t perfect….this sounds familiar…. 🙂
And a special thank you to Mary Fons because she encouraged me by saying that “enjoy the process, if you love your quilt it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or says about it.” From Quilty magazine, My Medal pattern.