Pattern from the Happy Hour Book from Atkinson Designs. (throw size)
It feels so strange, finishing something that I started back in 2011. I made the top and then just completely lost steam on the project, which was meant to be a gift for Ben. Today I finally was able to bestow it on him, and I must say, that felt really good. Two months ago I truly did not expect to pick this back up, nevermind to finish it so quickly.
It feels like a whole lifetime ago that I chose these fabrics and started putting this together, and I often find myself thinking wow, these are things I never would have chosen, five years later. I love them, don’t get me wrong, and I love this quilt, but I’m ready to be on to my next one, something a little bit more catered to our home now, and the people we are today.
I wish I could tell you what these fabrics are, but I bought them all on a trip to Quilted Threads in Henniker, New Hampshire, and I just didn’t even think to keep track at the time!
I started this so far back that I’m sad to say, I can’t find the pictures from back at the beginning. I will have to dig into the old external drive and see if I can salvage them. Luckily the 6 years ago me was still very dedicated to photo documenting the process, so I know they are there, and it will be kind of cool to look back on them now, knowing what I have learned in just my past few months of quilting.
My biggest challenges with this quilt were the size, and learning to working with the bulk and weight of it. I did everything on my Bernina 930 Record from before I was born, so a lot of rolling was involved to make this work. I had tried a few wavy lines on a test peice and thought wow, that’s easy! I was mistaken. It was not easy, but not entirely unmanageable once I got the hang of it. Once I learned to anticipate the drag a little better I was able to guide it through the machine in a more fluid way. If you look closely enough (I hope nobody ever does) you can see where I had to make a few sharpish turns to get back on track.
The freeform straight lines were more fun. I had seen this on another quilt in my perusal of Pinterest, and the clumps of less-than-straight lines really appealed to me. Funny how time consuming it is to run that many lines back and forth across a quilt. Overall, I think I probably did around 5-6 hours of machine quilting. This might just be because I’m slow too, hopefully that will improve over time!
Until next time, may your lines be wonky and your wine glass stay full…