I love making big quilts but I have this thing about having to make complicated time consuming patterns. So a lot of my quilts actually end up taking years to complete because of interruptions and lack of motivation.
I think the lack of motivation comes from not being able to afford to have it quilted professionally and not wanting to struggle trying to do it myself on my little machine.
Now that I am looking after my SIL’s longarm quilting setup I think I might be able to get some of those quilts off my wish list and actually make them! Not to mention quilting the tops I have sitting around….here is a picture of my practice stippling…
I am soooo happy with it, I have never been able to master stippling on my machine but with the longarm it just seems to happen!
Last weekend I was hugely motivated to make a quilt quickly…ha ha! I gave myself 24 hours to finish the top but I do have little kidlets and the weather was not in my favour – on Sunday it got sooo hot I had to give up sewing and couldn’t sew again for about 4 days! My sewing area is at the western end of our house and is poorly insulated so it gets HOT….and it is not nice sewing and sweating all over the fabric!
Today, a week after I started, I finished the top!
The pattern is Amy Butler’s Lark Quilt. I did make changes though, I can’t just sew up a pattern! I have to alter it!
The changes weren’t too drastic, I used a Sunkissed layer cake and didn’t want wastage so I made my strips 10” wide instead of 8 1/2”. Which also gave me a queen sized quilt rather than a double!
The quilt top is 85” square.
PS. Don’t forget to enter the 3rd giveaway if you haven’t done so already! Leave a comment on the giveaway post and I will draw the winner on Wednesday.