Friday 10 February 2023

Not paying attention

You might think that for someone who finishes only a handful of quilts in a year, the moment of completion would be something to celebrate.  I certainly thought that.  Except...some time round about October of last year, I finished a quilt and completely forgot about it.  No blog mention, not even a dodgy photo on instagram.  In fact, the only reason I know when it was finished is the date stamp on the photos. Go figure.

Anyhow, here is my poor, sadly overlooked quilt, which was called In For a Penny (on account of the Coins).

Six shirts (if you want a reminder, you can see some of them here) plus scraps from my big box of random bits, pieced mostly as little strip sets, with the odd hourglass or pinwheel thrown in when I got bored.
Much of the back started life as a front, but at some point I realised I wasn't inclined to quilt it, so took to it with the scissors.  Some of it is in other quilt fronts now, and the rest has made this rather  satisfactory back. 
It was pieced between the end of November 2019 and 3rd March 2020, so it was my final quilt before lockdowns came and ate the rest of the year.  I have to confess that I don't know when I started quilting it, but it was finished on 17th October 2022, so I guess I would have started some time that summer.  

The wadding is organic cotton,the thread is perle cotton, just a random selection that seemed to go, and it is quilted with straight, vertical lines.The binding is one of the last Oakshott cottons that I have been hoarding for so long it's stopped being funny. It was just the right mix of yellow and pink tones.
It might seem, from my utter neglect of it, that I don't much care for this quilt but that's not the case.  In fact I like it a lot. I especially like the interruptions made by the hourglasses and pinwheels, the tiny bits of red and that bottom left-hand corner, which has a whole curvy thing of its own going on.  


patty a. said...

The front is fabulous, and the back is fabulous! What a nice surprise for yourself that you had a finish and not even remembered it! Yesterday I wasn't paying attention and I took a piece of skin my thumb knuckle closest to my hand when I was grating some cheese. Not nearly as good as finding a finished quilt! LOL!!!

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

I take the lack of posting about it completely differently, and at least you got photos of the finish. My interpretation is that it was so loved from the start that you were more eager to start using it than to share about it, and that's a beautiful thing. :)

Robin said...

You are amazing. You can make anything look good. I've sure slowed down this past year. I'm into my sixth week of quilting at the hoop. I've almost finished the second block so I'm in for the long haul. I like the hourglass blocks interspersed throughout your quilt. I'm going to have to remember that when I want to add some sparkle. Clever title!

Quiltdivajulie said...

This is one of those quilts that some people (aka the quilt police) would shake their heads over. I, on the other hand, LOVE IT. And I agree that those small interruptions make it even better.

Mystic Quilter said...

Both back and front of this treasure I find absolutely stunning! You are very brave to pick up the scissors but sometimes that can be a great success - as shown here. Title is perfect Kaja and I love the quilt!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A super finish! I love the little additional hourglasses. And the back... what a great adventure, and lovely to be able to use those cut up pieces!