Fifteen years ago I started this quilt with some friends in Montreal. They were each working on the 1998 Piecemaker’s calendar quilt and as I was late to the party I started the 1999 calendar quilt. We met in each other’s homes about once a month and shared our progress along the way. I had never tried applique before and my friends assured me that they would guide me along the way. What a way to learn, starting with a quilt that was so big!!
Starting with the ship in the comer, freezer paper templates were made for each shape and thread basted to fabric before being hand-stitched down.
The process was slow and as other projects took my fancy this one kept being put to one side.
By about 2002 I got it together as a top, but the sheer size of quilting it overwhelmed me, so once again it was put away until I could work out what to do next.
Then a couple of years ago Liz offered to get it onto the long-arm and put in some stabilizing quilting which would not only get the quilting started, but also act as basting so I could go in an hand quilt the rest.
I used Perle cotton (size 8) and quilted in the relief in the landscape. That went fairly quickly before it was time to start on the borders
I used a cable design on the borders and used up literally all the blue cotton off one reel. If I had had to thread one more strand I wouldn’t have had enough thread….it was that close!
So here it is all done… TA-DA Completed, washed and on the bed…I’m so relieved it’s finally finished!!!
Until next time...♥