Friday, September 23, 2011

A Decade in the Making

Remember this post?  Well, I’m pleased to say that my ten-year-quilt is FINISHED!  Almost exactly ten years after it was begun.  How do I know?  Well, because I remember exactly where and when I saw the quilt that inspired me to attempt this beast.

 ten year quilt front

We had only been married for 6 months, and we went to the Springville Museum of Art on a date.  Lo and behold, there was a fabulous quilt show going on that day.  (Every Autumn they hold an amazing quilt show – this year was the 38th annual!)  Right there in the lobby, behind the front desk, hung a star quilt.  It was gorgeous – reds, blues, stars… oh my.  I was quite smitten by it.  So much so that I went home, grabbed some graph paper (yeah, I ‘m a nerd – I keep it laying around like that) and sketched up what I wanted mine to look like.  The next day I headed to JoAnns (I didn’t know any better) and bought the fabric I needed. 

Ten years later, it’s finished.  It’s not perfect – I didn’t know anything about half square triangles – and it’s not necessarily my FIRST quilt that I’ve made, but it is the first one that has any complexity to it.  The quilts I did before this were simple squares.

For the backing I used what was leftover and pieced it as strips – nice and quick.  There was no way I was going to let the backing take me another decade.  Sheesh!

ten year quilt back

I quilted it in a meandering pattern with some loops thrown in here and there.  The binding was also part of the leftover fabric – so glad I had enough! 

ten year quilt binding

The finished quilt is a twin size and I am so, so, so very happy that it is done! 

ten year quilt edge

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