People who truly love quilting for the fabric, the process (over & above perfection), the color, texture, and cheap therapy. Life is stressful. It's good to have random discussions about a quilt in the hoop and the thread on the floor.
The hand quilting is all complete on the Antique Medallion! I got this quilt sandwiched and ready to go on November 12, 2012 so I consider this very good work on my part. I wish they all went this smoothly! After my last stitch, I had to lay the quilt out on the floor and admire it--for a really long time! In fact, I wanted to call all of the family in and do jumping jacks or something I was so excited!
Centerpiece of Antique Medallion quilt
I remember when I first started the center part of this quilt back in about 2009. The pattern came out in the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine in April of 2001--one I immediately tore out and stuck in my inspiration book. I always wanted to make the pineapple/pomegranite part of the pattern, but was so very intimidated. Scared spit less of it actually because of all the precise-ness of it. What a perfect way to showcase my mistake making skills!
Sponging out the quilt markings
Years and years later, I finally got up the courage to get started on it and I AM SO GLAD! This project taught me an invaluable lesson. Face your fears head on and plow right on through them! It seems incredible now how frightened of this kind of applique I was! There are definitely mistakes if you look close enough, but this quilt will always have special meaning to me for what it's done for my confidence ever since.
Ready for binding!
For now it's hanging on the railing in my quilting room to pet as I walk past. I confess that I have started a new project that is all about conquering my fears as well. Those nasty drunkards path blocks. Uggghhh.... I am not quite ready to say that I've mastered curved piecing, so I guess I'm gonna drown in it for awhile. May the prep work take months.*wink