Homage to the Unknown Quilter

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LostThis is what I’ve been working on the past 2 weeks.

First off, let me say that I am not a quilter.  I make, at most, one quilt every couple years, and in all my years of sewing, have only kept one.  There’s  just something about cutting perfectly good fabric into teensy tiny bits that I have great difficulty with.  It seems somehow sacrilegious.

This quilt was stored in a fabric bin for I-don’t-know-how-long.  I did not start it.  It was given to me, as one of those “you sew, you’ll like this” sorts of things.  For some reason I didn’t toss it, or send it on to another home.  It aged.  And Aged.  And Aged.

I needed bin room!  I decided to finish it.  The top was almost complete, only needing to have one more row of stars attached.  Now here’s another thing about this quilt: I can’t remember who gave it to me, or why I kept it.  The stars are definitely old (antique?) fabric, which  sat around long enough somewhere to become stained and stretched along the exterior edges.  The stars now feel a tad fragile.  The green sashes are, I think, a poly/cotton blend, so they are newer than the star fabric.

You may ask, “Why is she bothering with this?”  OK everyone.  All together now:

Why is she bothering with this?

I’m not 100% sure, other than someone, somewhere, put some effort into it, and it seems a shame to just leave it.  Homage to the Unknown Quilter.  It was completed enough that I knew it would be fairly mindless sewing to wrap it up.  It would also help to hone my free motion stitching skills, and I wouldn’t be terribly picky about how it turned out.

Lost_2Every evening, after work, I quilt it a little more, and a little more.  I’ve got all the layers sewn together along the straights using stitch-in-the-ditch.

The green sashes are too large for this to be the only anchor, so I’m doing some scribbly (read wonky / poorly formed) flowers at the intersections, and just meandering on the straights.  A variegated green thread on top (which doesn’t show at all in this photo) provides visual interest.

So, whoever you were that started this, you can rest knowing that it was finished, and will live in a household that appreciates your skills.

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