Still with me...told you it would be long. In March Sharla decided she wanted to work on hers, so we pulled it out and cut it out. While cutting hers I decided I wanted to do mine as well. Playing with those fabrics just made me happy. She finished hers and I quilted it. And then I finished my top. I was so happy with it, I loved the colors. So it was time to put it on the long arm and quilt it. That is when this quilt took a hit.
Yes some how I got a major wrinkle on the back that I saw as I was advancing the quilt. I was heart broken. There was no way to fix it on the machine...well none that I could figure out. So I took it off the long arm and began the process of picking out the quilting. Now I was beginning to not love this quilt nearly as much...ok maybe I was beginning to even dislike it. Picking out the quilting was a very tedious process, and in doing so the quilt got a lot of lint all over it. I finished it last Sunday and it went onto the Avante.
As I quilted it, I was constantly having to pick link and thread off of it. I even ran a lint roller over it, but it didn't help. I just wanted it done. I got it quilted and bound and when I was done I didn't love it anymore. And that made me sad. As I always do I washed it when it was done. And this morning when I pulled it out of the dryer, I loved it again. All the lint was gone (well 95%) of it, and it was crinkly and smelled so good. The poor lint trap was packed.
I used Signature's Cotton Candy thread, which is a lovely mix of pink, purple and orange, that blended well with the fabrics. I did my typical all over meander. I did find a nick in the binding, but I'm just mending it. I am just so glad it is done and that I love it again.
Will this be my all time favorite quilt ever, probably not, but I know I will use it for years to come. And it will be a reminder to me to stick with it, because in the end I will be happy that I completed it.
This quilt was my major goal for A Lovely Year Of Finishes - April. And yeah I got it done!!! I have also completed a quilt per week so far and should finish one next Monday as well. What I haven't completed is the test quilt, but I have all the HST done and hope to work on it this weekend.
So today I'm linking up with my normal Friday crew... Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Link a Finish Friday @ Richard and Tanya Quilts, TGIFF...at A Quilting Reader's Garden, Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts and Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio. And also with the Finishing Party at ALYOF at BitterSweet Designs.