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Monday, November 23, 2015

Should've, could've, didn't.

I started this quilt in 2006. Rows were put together back then.

This was August 27, 2006


Sounds awful, doesn't it?  or does it sound familiar?

I collected 2000 different fabrics for this 1" thimble quilt by going through my stash, going through my friends' stashes and even picking garbage at quilt retreats.  For some reason, I got it in my head that a "charm quilt" had to have 2000 pieces.  That was back in 2006.  I no longer believe that and know better now.  

But, let's come back to 2015.  I decided now was the time to get this quilt done.  
It was all hand pieced ( my own personal challenge), so back in February 2015 I pieced the rows together.



Then I went shopping for a border.  The border is, also, hand pieced with straight lines at the top and bottom and the sides were actually appliqued to the border as they still had the thimble shape.  I didn't want to cut them straight for fear that I would cut my knots.


You can see some closeups here where I was appliquing the sides to the border.  

I decided I wanted this quilted using the Baptist Fan.  I just knew if I waited until I had the time or the energy to "hand quilt" this quilt, it would be another umpteen years before it got done.  

So, since I wanted perfection (another one of my downfalls I suppose), I didn't want to try it on my longarm with just a stencil  or a panto and didn't want to purchase the several hundred dollar mechanism called Circle Lord that would give me the effect that I wanted,  I sent it off to my friend Ruthie who owns the Circle Lord.  

I got it back from her the other day.



I was searching my stash for a good "burnt red" for the binding.  I found the perfect fabric, but  no way did I think I had enough for the binding (I usually only buy a 1/4 yard or else yardage), but just for the heck of it I figured out how many strips I needed and did the math and lo and behold, I did have enough.  I didn't have to go on the search for the perfect color and fabric for my binding at the local quilt stores.


I sewed it down that same night and took it to my mom's to hand stitch down while sitting with her.  

Here is the finished project, front and back.



So, I say, I should have hand quilted this one only because it deserved it what with the whole quilt being hand pieced.  I could have done it, but then "would I" in the next decade?  Obviously, I didn't; but I can say I have another UFO done and I am happy with that. 


8 comments:

  1. What a beautiful finish!
    I'll bet if feels fabulous to have this amazing quilt finally done.
    Well worth the time it took to make - this will surely be a treasured quilt! Congratulations!

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  2. Quilting lives are filled with too many shoulds, coulds & woulds...You can sit back & feel a satisfied sense of accomplishment with Finished!! Excellent choice of the curvy quilting design when used on that amazing collection of squares. All those charm squares will read like a dictionary of fabrics that are available to 21st century quilters. Great job!

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  3. I know many quilters made "millennium" quilts with 2000 pieces; that's probably where you got the idea. I like what "taylorsoutback" said about this quilt being a "dictionary". I hope it sticks around!

    Having the right binding shows that it was "meant to be"...finished! Finished is better than perfect (or ideal!)

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  4. Done is GRAND. The thimbles look fab and done is Grand. I finished a hand sew quilt and felt it need hand quilting but don't know if I have another 13 years.... so the quilter is doing it and I will enjoy the done just fine. My quilt does not have nicely mitered corners or a dreamy back but like yours it is will done and done is GRAND. :-)

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  5. Faye - what an accomplishment and it is so pretty! I know I sent you some fabric but can't remember or identify any of it. Just happy that there might be a few pieces from me that are in this quilt. It is a gorgeous, family heirloom! Well done!

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  6. You did such a great job on this. It's so special. Way to go!

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  7. That's just beautiful, Faye!
    Sharon G!

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  8. I love your scrap charm quilt. What a challenge to have hand pieced the whole thing including the borders. I don't think I know of anyone who has ever pieced a border on such a big quilt by hand, Beautiful finish with the Baptist Fan too. I bought a panto of BF, but have not used it yet. I also wanted to say that I have been absent from reading Clara's site and most blogs that I did not know about your mom. Sorry to hear but so glad you are able to be one of her caregivers. My prayers are with you for strength and patience. I know how hard that task is.

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