The title sums it up well for my current hand quilting project as the quilt is massive! In fact this is my oldest UFO and back in 2011 I talked about finishing this quilt…(pop over to Sew Quilt for a trip down memory lane).
It was started in 1999 and the top was completed in 2001, but it was so big I couldn’t seem to get it basted and quilted…that is until now.
Last month I was telling a Liz about my dilemma and she kindly offered to get it up on her long arm and get some basic lines of quilting and basting done so that I could then take it and big stitch the remaining areas.
All over the Christmas period, while watching cheesy movies I sat and stitched! It was bliss. The machine quilting was perfect in that it stabilized the whole thing, while at the same time was sympathetic to the amount of hand work in the quilt. Liz stitched in the ditch and followed the natural shapes created by the landscapes so even though it is machine quilted, you can’t tell unless you look carefully.
I treated myself to some new Perle threads (size 8) off Ebay so I’d have a wonderful selection to choose from as I quilted each area. It has been such fun to work on and finally see this quilt in the final stages. I’m over 1/2 way through and feel quite encouraged to keep working on it until it is finished….I think 2013 might be its lucky year!
Until next time...♥