September of 2017, fresh from the emotional high of Iowa State Fair winning, I had no idea what to start or keep working on for a quilt. I try really really hard for all the quilts I make to be for someone or mean something to me. But 9 months ago, I was stuck. So I started appliqueing flowers with the raw-edged blanket stitch by hand. And birds. And ladybugs. And stem -stitching them all together. I used the quilt pattern ‘In Spring’ from Don’t Look Now as the basis for the flowers, and then just made my own vining designs. I used DMC floss in two strands, and pearl cotton for the vines. I also turned under the outside edges of the neutral background squares and machine basted those to keep fraying to a minimum.
I became obsessed. I started with 21 twelve inch neutral squares, sewed into three rows of seven. My original thought was I would applique in ‘chunks’, but it was nearly impossible to make the vining look random while keeping a line, so I just sewed them all together – six rows by seven rows. It was so big and unwieldy and sometimes sweaty! But I was in love. This quilt was originally going to be for my granddaughter, but as it grew I realized it looked like a quilt I wanted when I was wittle. So I claimed it for my own.
This quilt took nine months, and is a complete flimsy today, my 53rd birthday! It feels appropriate that my inner child quilt is done today. 🎂.
I worked on ”My Meadow Quilt’ just about every night after work. I took it on vacation three times. It’s got a little road dust on it, and probably some Cheeto fingerprints! It’s flown. It’s been laid across some questionable bedding. It has my dog and cat hairs embedded in it. I’m going to miss working on it, but maybe my finger can heal now.
I am adding about 20 more black beads to the birdies for their eyeballs 🐦
I’m not entirely sure on how to quilt this baby, but I’m guessing it’ll be meandering something!
Off to the next epicness! Mostly…the Silhouette Quilt Along. Can’t wait!!!