After many, many months of neglect I decided the modified Dolly Madison Star quilt just had to get moved from ‘work in progress’ status to ‘ready to gift.’ I was tired of seeing it half-finished and a planned visit to the recipient gave me the push I needed to get on and finish the job.
This quilt has taught me some valuable lessons. I learned that safety pins can get in the way when quilting and that hand basting is worth the trouble. I also learned that I really don’t enjoy hand quilting AT ALL. At some stage in the future I want to try that modern style of hand quilting where you use embroidery thread and big stitches.Labouring away at tiny even stitches feels more like a punishment than a form of relaxation. I do appreciate the beauty of hand quilting when other people do it though.
I’m not proud of this one as I know I can do better work, but I am pleased to have it out the door.
Update: The recipient loves this quilt so much, she’s talking about putting it up on the wall above the marital bed. It was meant to be used, but I’m happy to hear she likes it enough to consider it as a wall hanging.