Misadventures in quilting….

It has been a few weeks since I last posted but I promise I have a good excuse.  I hurt my shoulder about 6 weeks ago and have struggled to do simple things with limited use of my right hand.  It really made quilting a slow and painful process.  I desperately wanted to sew but could only stand short stints.  So it took me a few weeks to finish the piecing and quilting on my latest creation.

My inspiration for this quilt was a fun floral fabric I had found at Joann’s and I built the quilt around the colours from that fabric, using mainly scraps from my collection.  I made a collection of different square blocks, just doing what ever took my fancy.

Then for some reason I decided that it would be a good idea, with a sore neck and shoulder, to stipple quilt the finished quilt top.  Madness I know.  I have only stipple quilted twice before, and I believe both times I swore never to do it again.  For those that do not know, stipple quilting is process of free hand quilting a random, rambling pattern onto the quilt like this…

So over the course of the last couple of nights I have battled with my machine and my disobedient arm,  to finish the quilting.  A couple of times I thought about unpicking it all but that just seemed crazy.   As I look at the finished top I am not thrilled with it at all.  If I could do it all again I would do something different but as my husband pointed out to me, some kid is going to get this quilt and love it.

So now I just have to do the binding and it will be ready for delivery to Project Linus.  Hopefully it’s new owner will not see all the quilting mistakes I do.

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