Today I have a very big finish to share. It’s big for two reasons. For one, it’s the biggest quilt I’ve made, measuring 86″ across and 110″ long. The real reason it’s a big finish is that it’s been over 11 years since I started this quilt in the fall of 2001, and now it’s finally finished!
When I started quilting I wanted to make a quilt for my bed, which was a Full Size. Of course starting with such a large project makes it hard to sustain and makes it easy to put aside. This project was slowed by the fact that I began by hand stitching the pieces together for the blocks.
I did finish hand-piecing a number of the blocks (I wish I’d counted before I basted the quilt). When I got a sewing machine, I slowly pieced more of them together, until I had 18 star blocks. In the fall of 2011, I sketched out a plan and began keeping an eye out for sashing fabric. In February 2012, I decided to pull them out, buy some fabric for sashing and put them all together before I started other projects.
I got the quilt top finished in February 2012,
and by mid-March had a backing and began hand-quilting.
I got a few blocks done in the spring, but other quilts (this one, this one and this one) took precedence. In addition it was so large, that I didn’t want it on the couch all summer while I worked on it.
This Fall I was able to get back to it some between working on Christmas presents. Then while we traveled for the holidays, this quilt came along. It was a little large to travel with, but I managed just the same.By the time we came home I was almost finished quilting. And within the first seven days of January, I’d finished quilting the border, attached the binding and sewing it on the back.
I’m very pleased with my first finish of 2013, and the finishing of my first (and yet not my first) quilt!