I'm adding this post to the FAL Linky Party as it was the main thing I declared at the beginning of the quarter. I did have one other quilt I wanted to finish, but I haven't even started on that yet!!!
Just before Christmas 2010 my Aunty Martha passed away. She was a difficult woman, but special in her own way. She was also very close to one of my cousins Kathleen. My Aunty Mary, Kathleens mother passed a few months later making it an even more difficult time.
Kathleen is one of the few people in my family who is as obsessed with crafts as I am although she is a compulsive knitter. When she said how much she would love a quilt I knew it was from a genuine appreciation of them and the work that goes into them rather than just wanted something for the sake of it. A lot of my relations wouldn't ever understand how much effort goes making handmade items and I have been hurt in the past by how little care has been taken of things I have made people.
But I knew I would make Kathleen a quilt. And as I had been the one to clear out Martha's home and kept some of her sheets I knew I would use them for the backing.
Then Becky hosted a quilt-a-long with a paper pieced block she had designed and it seemed perfect for the quilt. So I started, in early 2011. And bit by bit I got there. Long after the qal finished I was still making the blocks.
Eventually I was ready to start quilting, but it took me months to start as I was constantly changing my mind of how I wanted to do it. I quilted it in four pieces and then put them together. Then for some reason I decided to hand stitch the binding down for the first time in about 3 years! So that took even longer.
Then, last night it was finally finished. I estimate that there was between 80-100 hours of work on this quilt, but it was worth it. It used 49 different fabrics and 2 different variegated Aurifil threads, one yellow based, one green. It ended up 60x64 inches. It has loads of flaws, but I won't tell if you don't go looking for them!
This quilt is one of the few that had a name from the very beginning.
Memories of Martha.