Friday, 9 October 2015

Storm at Sea

Ta Daaaa!..... Storm At Sea!

Started 11 years ago, literally, this quilt has been waiting a very long time to have the quilting completed and the binding added.  I made this quilt over a period of 12 months from October 2004, preparing the backing, binding and wadding all at the same time.

During 2006, Storm At Sea was packed away for renovations, which were shortly followed by an overseas move.  It was as I sat through a north German winter, I began the quilting during 2007 and then my problems began.  I had not basted this quilt correctly and the bumpiness I was quilting over was a large bunch of fabric on the back.  What a mess! 

The thought of unpicking the mono-filament thread being used was just too much for me.  I put the quilt away while I pondered upon my predicament.  It was only later on after we had moved back to Australia that I pulled the quilt out again.  Nope, still didn't want to face the unpicking to remove the fabric lump on the back.  Put it away again. 

Fast forward to 2015 and an upcoming quilt show with my local quilt group - incentive, momentum and a need to stop my son from asking me when his quilt will be ready for him to use - he thinks it very unfair that his brother has had a quilt for (oops) 9 years and he hasn't - that I decided to bit the bullet and get it done. 

The results are here for all to see - my apologies that the photo was taken at night, but I was so excited to get this quilt finished that I didn't care about the lighting.

Turns out, procrastination had been my biggest issue -far bigger than the unpicking of the bunched up fabric.  I was able to complete the unpicking and quilting over the course of 1 very long day and then it was only the binding.  One week after making my decision to complete this quilt - it was "done done".

I guess the moral of the story is to deal with the problems as they arise, not let them sit and become bigger in my mind than what they really are.

I am super excited by this finish, as are the menfolk in my house who love it!

This is finish #7 of 12 planned for the year.


judyquilts said...

Good advice! And the quilt is beautiful.

Moose-ings said...

Wow, looks great! The pattern is on my bucket list.

Bizarre Quilter said...

wow andrea! That is amazing! I am so so glad it's finished. Congratulations!

I miss the incentive of group quilt shows.

Love you. Lorraine xoxo