Huzzah! It is finished! Finally! My Mod Sampler Quilt (free pattern here, by the amazingly awesome Oh, Fransson) lingered for months – or, um, maybe years, now that I think about it – but it is finally quilted, bound, crinkled, and lovely.
I made it really hard on myself by deciding on a quilting pattern that went in different directions and meant each square had to be quilted individually and, as a result, it’s full of mistakes and imperfections — but I just don’t care. I made it all by myself, from picking the fabrics to hand-stitching the binding, and it’s all mine and I. Love. It.
At the moment, quilting – and sewing in general, really – is always a low priority for me. It’s actually the activity I most often use for just pure relaxation, because it is in no way “work”-related. I don’t sell sewn items, I don’t make sewing patterns, I don’t write sewing articles – I don’t take it too seriously. It’s just for fun – but that does mean it gets pushed to the bottom of the list when other stuff needs working on. So my poor Mod Sampler – named ‘Bridges and Balloons’ after the dreamy Joanna Newsom song (live version), which just seemed to suit it perfectly – sat untouched for months at a time, waiting for me to get a few minutes here and there to play with it. With autumn sneaking up faster than I wish it was, I thought it was time to just get it done already. And I do love it so so much, I’m so proud that I made such a cozy, cuddly thing all by myself. Bizarrely for me, a tiny part of me is looking forward to it getting chilly, so I can curl up with my quilt and a cat in my lap.
I already have a pattern and a stack of fabric all picked out for my next quilt, but I have a couple of gifts to make and I have to knock a few other projects off the Shame List first. I’ll call it incentive to keep focused on finishing my zillion WIPs!
(P.S. – I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to be on a blogging-break for about a week / week-and-a-half-ish. I have a list of things that still need touching up, design-wise, from when I moved here from my old blog, and I never seem to get around to dealing with them. Call it a blog staycation, to give me time to finally get those last bits looking purdy!)