Monday, November 26, 2012

Phew!

Boy! I earned this finish!
 
It began innocently enough -- the Low Volume QAL. A perfect opportunity, I thought,  to use up some of the box of scraps left over from several braid quilts I made a few years ago. I dug out the box, sorted some of the pale, swirly, seashell-y, text-y prints, cut them into squares....then, what?

I got out one of my sketchbooks. I hope you have one of these. I have 2 & am nearly ready for a 3rd. I LOVE my sketchbooks! They are filled with drawings & clippings & printouts. They go everywhere with me! Well, I looked through one of them & found this:

idea book

Looked like fun, though unfortunately, I used up more Kona Snow than I did scraps from the box. {oh well} The piecing was easy, just squares; the setting together just a bit more challenging.
But the quilting -- again, not complicated -- wobbly walking foot straight lines & free-motion in-the-ditch around the patchwork. It was just the mass of the thing & working on it at a diagonal. THAT was WORK!!! I began referring to this quilt as The Monster, but I think I will name it "Stairs".

 stairs

 stairs, quilting & back

Pippa is always a Big Help when I quilt, but she seemed especially fond of this quilt. Maybe she knew that the colors were quite becoming to her.

pippa & stairs

7 comments:

O'Quilts said...

Very Wow!! I am impressed...

Ginger said...

That is gorgeous! I love it when people have a design process, I can't seem to plan anything!

Nifty Quilts said...

Ooh-wee! Gorgeous! I love the design. That was SOME quilting job. But well worth it. I hope you agree.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Woohoo!! Happy finished quilt!!! It's fabulous!! Well done for quilting it, I would've been calling in names too but Stairs is perfect. Poppa does have very sweet paws.

fiberchick said...

Lovely!

Little Island Quilting said...

Powerful in its simplicity. Love it.

amy and the bad cats said...

i love love love this quilt! and pippa looks so darling on it!