I put the binding on Chukki’s quilt yesterday, and slept under it last night. There is something wonderful about sleeping under a freshly finished quilt. I slept well and had good dreams.
I also woke up knowing this quilt — while it may look finished — it’s not.
Sure, I used up all the fabric I bought for this particular quilt. I rarely have much waste. I tend to “design” and sew until I’m out of fabric — Then waa-la. A quilt is made.
However – there is something about this one that isn’t setting right with me. I think I need to cut it apart and work it a bit more.
It’s a good thing, I’ve been using the “quilt as you go” method of quilting, so it is possible for me to chop it up and not ruin it. (I hope.)
Quilt as you go is a method of sewing the top on the batting and backing all at once. You then connect sections with a binding. It works well.
Of course, there are pros and cons to this method. I don’t think they are as lovely as the ones I send to Jo Baner for machine quilting. And they sure aren’t as cool as when I decide to hand quilt. But, for now, this is how I’m rolling.
I’ve never been known to plan a quilt. I usually start with fabric, stare at it for a while. Then I start cutting. I like to tell a story and start with a small idea. I continue staring, then sew, cut, sew, cut, stare, cut, sew, and stare some more, cut some more and sew some more, until finally, I’m either out of fabric or the story is told.
I have no problem cutting up a so called finished quilt and adding to, or subtracting from it, and this method allows for this. I could slice this quilt right down the middle, add a new section or two, and carry on without too much trouble.
And, despite my good nights sleep, that’s what I woke up thinking this morning. I’m need to cut up Chukki’s quilt and… add or subtract something.
I don’t know what that something is yet.
I’m out of the particular fabric the majority of her quilt is made from, but lucky for me, I have a good stash of fabric in the sewing room closet. And the really good news with quilts, is for the most part, anything goes.
I’m glad I’m a process person. I thought I’d finished Chukki’s quilt last night. This morning, it is clear to me that it doesn’t matter if you are out of words, if the story hasn’t been told.