Sometimes, I finish a quilt and i know it will look great before I even take it off of the rack.
More often, I am crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. This quilt that was such a stretch for me, I really wanted to push myself to do something different than I have done in the past. I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t “flow” together and that it would look like I tried to hard, But then a miraculous thing happened, I laid it out and it was better than I had ever even imagined!
This is a top secret quilt for Tula Pink but she agreed to let me show the border:
I started this with just a sketch beside me and a whispered prayer. It is all freehand.
This is a close up of the corner design. Look ma, no stencils!
I used two layers of Quilter’s Dream Batting to give it a little bit of puffiness. I didn’t want the full on trapunto look, just a little extra ummph!
Here is a shot of the back, the pebble stippling took SOO long and probably gave me carpel tunnel but it was worth it.
I have seen various bloggers talking about their processes, how they get to the finish. I think I am going to start doing that too. I just talk to myself in my mind, but I as I write it out, I realize there is a process there.
So I was laying in bed at 2 in the morning, unable to sleep. When that happens, I try to think of different quilting designs (no counting sheep for me!). This idea kinda popped in my head and I like it so much that I got out of bed just to get it on paper. Sorry about the blurry spots, I had to erase all the “top secret” information. When I started quilting the next day, I glanced at the sketch and just went for it. It’s so fun when it turns out like it I want it too!
I am going to wrap up this post with a totally un-quilting related picture:
A friend of my husband’s owns a plane and yesterday I got to go for a little flight. This is a picture of the sunset over downtown Kansas City.
I wonder if I can make that into a quilt……..