At long last.. and I do mean long.. I am completing the quilt I began in 1975. I am amazed that I managed to keep the pieces for so long though in those years I moved only once so that no doubt was a factor. For a long time the quilt lay in a box in the upper reaches of a closet or under a bed, untouched and not thought about and unfinished.
Then, during the last several years my interest in it was renewed and every year I got it out, did a little bit more.. a block finished one year, a border completed in another time frame. The winter of '09 saw the quilt reach completion and this spring, prodded by an old friend, I made the "sandwich" of top, batting, and bottom, ordered a Q-snap quilting frame and yesterday the quilting began.
I stand in awe of all the women who make quilts. I have seen some with the tiniest of stitches. Can you imagine 20 to the inch? Quilting is not for the faint of heart. It is a art that takes time, patience, persistence and skill. I was almost ready to fold my quilt back up and put it away again yesterday morning. I couldn't seem to get the rhythm.. couldn't rock my needle.. stitches were huge and uneven.. oh what a mess!
I kept running back to the computer, reading more instructions, more blogs hoping to find a "secret" to quilting mystique. And, I did find help and much encouragement that with time and practice the sewing will get easier. I called a friend who gave me more help and a push in the right direction and I kept on working. By noon I could see improvement and I could feel the rhythm that earlier I could not grasp.
Today, I am looking forward to getting back to it.. to complete this beautiful, practical piece of art that I began as a young woman.
xposted to LJ/rosegardenfae