Good grief! It’s been 12 years since I’ve made a quilt and it took me two years to make this one. Not really.
For the life of me I cannot remember how I got there but one day about two years ago I stumbled upon Jacquie Gering’s Tallgrass Prairie Studio. I read every page of her blog and I was so inspired to give quilting another try.
The first fabric I fell for was Sweetwater’s Authentic line for Moda. I never would have put those colors together. I used a nifty invention called a charm pack. Whoever came up with the idea of pre-cuts is a real genius. I bought a matching jelly roll, too.
The design is based on the pattern for Kate Spain’s Verna quilt kit that was available at the Fat Quarter Shop. I did not pre-wash anything (how would you pre-wash pre-cuts anyway?) and I used spray starch while piecing. The batting is Warm and White. The quilting thread is YLI. Since it was my first foray into machine quilting, I used simple straight line stitching. I had purchased a walking foot ten years earlier but this was the first time I had used it successfully. That made all the difference in the world. The finished size is about 44 x 44. The binding was a bit narrower than I think would prefer. It made the corners a bit difficult to work on.
Why two years? I took a break between piecing and quilting so I could redecorate the den and turn it into a “quilting studio”, complete with a DIY 4 x 8 table. That did take almost two years. Except for the table, I work solo. There was a lot of wallpaper to take down, two coats of primer to put up and two coats of paint, ceiling included, for a 19 x 20 room. So I guess I am committed to quilting regularly from now on.