21 June 2011

Guilty Conscience

As a quilter I often have a guilty conscience about the growing pile of quilt tops and the number of UFO's in the sewing room.  It's always so exciting to start something new.  Then I become annoyed with myself because I don't think I should feel guilty - I love stitching/patchwork/quilting and if I decide to work on something different, then that's my choice.  Even so, I was feeling really guilty about Vintage Valentines.
 

The quilt top was finished in February 2009 - I think it took me almost 3 years on and off to make the blocks.

It was pin basted in February this year and each block was ditch-stitched and then stitched 1/4" inside the seams.  It has sat in the sewing room ever since with all those pins still in the quilt top - this was what causing the guilt.  I would have been really upset if the pns had started to rust - I know it was only 4 months but you never know - we had a very humid summer and very wet autumn and start to winter.

On Sunday afternoon I started free-motion quilting around the applique shapes in the 12 outer blocks - to my surprise/relief I found that 2 were already done.  As of last night I have half of the central medallion to quilt around and that part of the quilting will be done.


Next step is to make the binding and bind the quilt. Then I'll think about whether I'll do any more quilting in the background of the blocks and, if so, what to do.  I'll discuss this with the girls at stitching tonight.

Maybe soon that guilty feeling will be replaced by the happiness of finishing a long-standing UFO.

Quilt Show starts tomorrow - I will be there on Thursday.

8 comments:

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh Lynda....well done the quilt looks fantastic....congratulations ....
have fun at the quilt show and spend lots of money....LOL

Sue W ♥ said...

Oh Lynda, what can I say, that's it's too beautiful not to finish, so good on you for sticking with it this time, whats the 440 like free motion quilting? Enjoy the quilt show

Roseanne said...

Lynda you quilt is beautiful well done in getting it finished off.

Chookyblue...... said...

see you Thursday...........

Farm Girl said...

Your quilt is looking beautiful Lynda, all good things take time! I hope you have a wonderful time at the quilt show.

judy said...

Lynda that is a very beautiful quilt.hope you get it finished soon.enjoy the quilt show wish i could be going too

Yvette said...

It is gorgeous! Way to go on getting it off your UFO list.

You know, I have all my blocks for this done, I just have to sash it.

Bec said...

Such a beautiful quilt Lynda, you will be pleased (and relieved?) to have it finished. A treasure to keep for years to come.

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