Sometimes you start a quilt & are unaware of what it will become.
I began this quilt back in 2009? 2010? I can’t remember, but it was a class sample for a class that never came to be. I used the Moda Bake Shop pattern “Random Reflections
.” I pieced this at a quilting retreat in Kansas & wow, there were a lot of issues with this quilt.
For starters, I used a precut batik collection from somewhere (can’t remember exactly where, but it wasn’t a name brand.) I went ahead & just cut the white from yardage & cut 2.5″ strips. Come to find out, the precut strips where slightly larger than 2.5″ & instead of cutting new white fabric, I steamrolled through forcing the fabric to fit. (Side note here, this is bad quilting. Don’t do what I did.)
After piecing the top, I wasn’t thrilled with how it came out. It didn’t look “bad,” but it also didn’t speak to me. So it sat in the “to be quilted pile.” (which really has grown to almost hilarious levels.)
Fast forward to the summer of 2013 & I wanted to practice some custom quilting, so I dragged it out & got started. Immediately I cursed my bad piecing & honestly, I wasn’t thrilled with the quilting choices I chose. Then I found out I was pregnant & we were moving & it sat in a box. I did work on it some after we moved, but not enough to really say I made any progress on the quilt. Finally after we moved into this house & I was face to face with all my quilting projects, so I loaded it on the longarm & finished it in less than two hours one Sunday night.
I couldn’t believe it. All that procrastination & it could have been done in 2 hours! After finishing the quilting, I was in love with the quilt! It was beautiful! The binding was already prepped, so it was finished quickly. But there was a reason for the wait. At the same time, a very good friend from college mentioned that her sister was moving into her first apartment. I was down in the studio when I read this online & I turned around & saw the quilt & immediately knew this was for Maribeth. It was her colors, style, everything!
So the quilt that I was ho-hum about in the beginning turned out beautiful & has found it’s home in California. It just took six years for me to learn that wasn’t meant to be a class or a piece to show off my custom quilting- see, it wasn’t about me at all. It was meant to be loved by a 20-something in the first place she can call her own.
I wonder what more lessons I’ll learn in the pile of unfinished quilts.