Sunday, January 01, 2012
Winter Solstice Quilt
I finished this quilt back in 2005. I was still a new quilter, and the techniques of raw edge applique and free-motion stitching were new concepts for me. The separate blocks broke the total project down into manageable chunks--It was kind of addicting when I started it. I remember staying up late at night --way past my usual bed-time--just to work on these blocks. I could't wait to see how they turned out! This is a McKenna Ryan pattern from the early 2000s ... It doesn't seem to be available anymore, or I'd provide a link.
I remember learning to free-motion stitch and feeling like the world had opened wide for me with that new knowledge. There were a lot of firsts for me on this quilt :
* raw-edge applique
* free-motion embroidery
* free-motion quilting
* using the embroidery unit on my sewing machine (that turned out to also be the last time I used it)
* printing to fabric (There's a poem on the back ...)
* altering a given pattern. The original had Father Christmas carrying skis on his back. I changed it to a load of wood.
When it was finished and hung, I remember laying down on the couch so I could look at it, mesmerized in a kind of meditation. Even though I had worked every inch of it up close, it seemed to take on another life at a distance. I LOVE when that happens!
And now, when I look at it, I'm still amazed and fascinated with it. Now I also see it as an accurate record of my skill set at that time. If I were to do it again now, I would do more embellishment, more free-motion embroidery. I'd really color in the spaces more, add more texture, secure those beads better. That was also when I didn't really see the need to square up a quilt top before adding borders, and binding. It's a constant reminder of how far I've come! Cheers!