Another UFO down!
Just to recap, this was a UFO from a long-ago hand applique quilting class. I found it in a drawer with all the pieces cut and the first block almost finished and decided to finish it. I wasn’t crazy about the blocks, but I did like doing the hand-sewing and thought I might like the quilt better when it was all assembled. And I did.
I think my problem with the blocks was the pastel fabrics; as I recall, the quilt shop where I took this class had a less-than-amazing selection of suitable fabrics (read: NONE OF MY BELOVED BATIKS), so I had to do my best with what was available. (Note to self: if I ever take a quilting class again, do it at a store that carries batiks!) I like the blocks much better when paired with the darker border.
Here’s the original quilt; it’s from the August 2001 issue of McCall’s Quilting and the design is by Kumiko Sudo.
I took the class because I liked the 3-D flowers in the design and I wanted to learn how to do needle-turn applique.
Verdict: I doubt that I’ll ever do this kind of applique again. It’s pretty fiddly and, even after doing this, I still don’t feel like I’m very good at it.
My mother, who took the class with me, finished her quilt long ago and was quite distressed at the . . . shall we say . . . gynecological look of some of the flowers.
I noticed it, too, and as I sewed, I thought about whether it would seem strange to me to have a vag-tastic quilt on my wall.
VULVA QUILTS 4 LYFE
(Shamelessly stolen from the late, lamented Regretsy.)
The instructions recommended minimal quilting on this thing, so I hand-quilted around the flowers, did some stitch-in-the-ditch, and machine-quilted a simple ribbon pattern on the border.
I used this very cool thread that I bought for yet-another quilting class (and, yes, there’s a UFO for that class, too):
(Partner showed me how to use the macro setting on his fancy camera and I am loving it. Shows all the cat hair super well.)
Here’s the back of the border where you can see the quilting:
I procrastinated on quilting this because I was a bit anxious after the last quilting I did, but I am really happy with how this turned out.
And so happy to have another UFO done!