Well, here it is. My first quilt top.
I thought I’d be more excited, but I’m not really. People seem to be more impressed with it than I am.
Oddly enough, the process of creating it – doing the paper piecing itself – was very soothing. I really like the zen of making hundreds of finger-pressed folds, little stitches, little knots. I’ve learned a lot about hand sewing too. I need a thimble. I don’t like hand sewing with poly-on-poly thread. Quilting needles are really tiny. That sort of thing.
But at the end of the day, quilting perhaps, is not for me. About 75% of the quilts I see online I’m uninterested in, 25% are interesting, and 5% I would actually curl up in. I love the process but so far I am less than enthusiastic about the end product.
Having said that, I did have a great conversation with Alex about how to pick fabrics and be all matchy-matchy. I find the picking and matching of multiple patterns hard to do, and Alex had some sage advice – less patterns in a block, a solid to break up the block and interestingly, the use of a solid coloured textured fabric. I really like the idea of using textured fabric, and didn’t even realize that I had done that on this quilt top (the white centres have a bit of texture to them). I’ve also found an interesting Japanese quilting book by Yoko Saito that has lots of original quilt blocks in interesting-to-me patterns. They are quite small blocks, so it might be fun to try out a few and see if I’d like to make a quilt out of them.
I also really like the back of the quilt top. I like the look of all of those folds, different coloured threads, the rough edges and the hex-within-a-hex thing going on. Maybe I can do something with that…
I’m going to sew some backing to this one and make it into an envelope pillow for the tinybabynico. Photos to come!