Look what’s finally off FloMo! I can’t believe that I loaded this quilt in May and just finished the quilting Thursday. It’s kind of embarrassing. While I love the quilting there’s no excuse for it taking so long.
Well, there’s one big excuse. This quilt intimidated me and I got stumped several times. My normal reaction would be to take the quilt off and think about it later. That’s why I have 28 unfinished projects! When I loaded this quilt I committed to finishing it no matted how long it took. That’s why there were several multi-week breaks and 8 month of elapsed time from start to finish.
I started off gangbusters doing a lot of stitch-in-the-ditch. I love SID work because it’s mindless and it’s needed to make the quilt stable. The blocks were next and I got the great idea to change the bobbin thread to match the color of the block. That added a bit of time but I motored through them pretty consistently. Where I got really stuck was with the background blocks. it took forever to settled on the green pebble circles and then another forever to actually quilt them. Having to unquilt and requilt 9 of them because of (user error) tension issues didn't help.
My last stumbling block was the red sashing. I really struggled with what to do with that. I didn’t want complex quilting because I want them to stand out from the background. Eventually I realized that it would be nice if the red sashing had unquilted areas about the same width as the green sashing. Once I settled on 3 straight lines the quilting went quickly. Tying and burying knots took longer but that was football work Thursday night.
This one did take a lot of actual hours quilting but the pondering time was even longer. I don’t think I could have taken a class that would have taught me as much as this quilt so it was all worth it. I learned a lot about design. I learned a lot about tension on my machine using finicky threads and I learned a little patience.
There will be tons more photos once I have it blocked and bound but until then here’s a peek at the back of the quilt. I love this bright green fabric.
I love the texture and I love the balance of quilted and unquilted spaces. I can’t wait to get this one done so I can hang it and see it full view.
FloMo will now get busy with lots of veteran’s quilts. I have quite a backlog and am so looking forward to some fast quilting!