I started piecing this project at the end of 2011. To say that it has been my longest standing work-in-progress is definitely most accurate. I'm happy that now I can official check this one off as "done". :)
Going back into my blog archive, I was actually a little surprised to realize and remember that this is the second quilt top that I made. Yup, right after finishing my first quilt top in October 2011, I started on this. (We're reaching way back now!)
It's also the very first quilt that I designed. I remember putting together a mockup in Photoshop and figuring out the block dimensions, while thinking "this is fun, I can actually design my own quilts!". That excitement still hits me whenever I start working on a new pattern. It never gets old.
I began making this quilt as gift for my husband's aunt, who we really owe so much to. When we first moved to Seattle, she gave us a home. We lived with her for a number of months as we looked for work and a place to live in a brand new city, during the height of the recession. It was tough and there weren't a ton of opportunities around, but she never faltered in her support and belief that we'd figure it all out. And I guess in hindsight, we've done ok. :)
I started working on this quilt while we were living with her. I was sewing on top of moving boxes and just making due with the limited space that I had, but I knew that I really wanted this quilt to be special. That intent was my inspiration for sure, and yet it became a little paralyzing when it came time to quilt the top. I just didn't want to mess it up.
So I waited, and I considered, and I let the quilt sit unfinished for quite some time, until recently, when I decided that it didn't matter how it got finished, just that it did. So it became my finish-along goal to get this done by the end of January. I decided to straight-line quilt it fairly simply, and bind it in a subtle striped, coral-colored print (actually left over from my first quilt). And it was done. Once I quieted all the mental indecision, it was simple enough to just do the stitching and let the quilt come together.
Now that it's finished I feel relieved and excited to finally have the chance to share this with the person who really helped my husband and I to feel like Seattle could be home. I plan to embroider a quick quilt label and find a fun way to present the quilt (wrapped box or not?), but it feels amazing to have this project completed and ready to go into the wash.
Pattern: "Parterre" / Original design
Size: 60" x 60"
Fabrics: Prince Charming by Tula Pink, backing is organic flannel from Cloud-9
Batting: Pellon Legacy Wool
Quilted by: Me
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