Monday 11 September 2023

Time Slips Away: Done and Dusted

The first of my two recent finishes. This is Time Slips Away, the last quilt I started before covid struck and the last quilt I finished in my old house. Also, thanks to covid, this is my least blogged quilt ever.  I just about managed to sew and was thankful for it, but blogging was mostly beyond me. As a result, it is a piece of work that I have generally overlooked.  When I pulled it out of the drawer to sandwich, I realised I didn't have a strong sense of it at all, but fortunately, looking at it after all this time, I rather like it.

I think this represents part of a transition phase for me - there are a few shirts (3 I think) in this, but there are also a number of pieces of proper yardage whereas now it's almost entirely shirt/recycled clothing.

The fabric that kicked this all off was a little shirt, probably from around the 1970s, with a swirly floral print (you can get a proper look at it here). When I got to the quilting, I tried to echo this by sewing overlapping circles so that I got a sort of petal effect.  This seemed like a good idea and I covered the whole quilt in next to no time. Only then I had the bright notion that I would do a second round of stitching, just inside the first.
Undoubtedly this has given me a much more flower-like feel in the end, but about halfway through I started wondering what on earth had possessed me. Who in their right mind quilts a whole top and then does it again?  On a practical note, while I like how it looks, it definitely makes the finished item ever so slightly stiffer than I am used to.  Not enough to bother me, but I wouldn't want to go any further in this direction - I prefer my quilts to feel drape-y and inviting and ready to use.  

I started piecing on 11th March 2020 and, despite lockdown and consequent home schooling, finished piecing 25th June 2020. It was the last quilt I pieced in my old house and the last thing I sewed at all until the December. I have to admit I don't know when this went into a hoop. I have been working on another one and this has taken the longer of the two, so probably since around the beginning of the year, on and off.

The wadding is organic cotton and as usual I used whatever perle cottons I had that were a close enough fit.  This is a habit I will have to reassess soon as my store of half-used threads is growing smaller and smaller.  The binding is a grey print from stash - again, I will have to reassess eventually, but for now there's still plenty of fabric in the boxes.  In fact, given how long it is since I bought yardage it's a bit scary how long my boxes are lasting.  I am given maybe three or four half yards most years, but given that I use them for both bindings and in quilt backs, I had expected to run out ages ago.  

My favourite parts of this are the lines created by the black triangles, the pinwheels, which happened accidentally at first and then accidentally-on-purpose, and the way I had to use teeny-tiny pieces to get to the end.  I have done this lots since but this was one of the first times it got so close to the wire and I was both relieved and a bit pleased with myself when I got to my finish.


Janie said...

Congratulations on your finish Kaja! Great hand quilting too.
I love the improv piecing with all kinds of exciting patterns and surprises, well done, 'not on purpose and on purpose.'

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

This quilt is packed full of memories, and I think your finish post is all the better for not having had the energy to share about it before now. I personally really like the double line of quilting and am glad it's still soft enough to be cuddly and enjoyable. But I do love dense quilting, haha. :) It's fun to see your current piecing process contrasted against this older quilt top that was in transition of your methods/process.

patty a. said...

Another wonderful finish! I like the unusual color combination and I think the quilting looks great! I know what you mean about how long fabric sometimes lasts in a stash. I almost bought some fabric the other day because it was on sale and I like the prints which were different from anything I had, but I stopped myself. I have been using up a lot of yardage from my stash, but I still have a room full of fabric! I just didn't need to add to it.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I especially love the hand quilting - the double rows, the echoes, and the mix of thread colors. This is a wonderful post, especially relevant to the time period and your move from one house to another. Not only that, this truly is a splendid quilt!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Lovely finish Kaja. Your quilting is amazing, all those double rows and switching colours... just incredible! Your pic on ig looks quite different to this one, taken in sunlight maybe?

audrey said...

The colors in the second picture make me want to see this quilt in person. It's so interesting to see an older improv. quilt of yours get finished up now. It always seems to make us think doesn't it? And your stitching might have taken awhile but it is soooo lovely. Just perfect for the quilt!:)

Mystic Quilter said...

Congratulations on a quilt with history!! The double lines of hand quilting are delightful and yes, they really do bring out the flower feel to the quilt. Given the past few years this is a quilt to treasure, lots of memories. I'm with you on the drape of a quilt when hand quilted, nothing quite like it, they just fold all around you so cosily.

Doris said...

That´s a very interesting quilt. Beside the story behind is has so many layers. For me it seems to look into a deeper dimension shown by this fabric with a big floral? pattern. I cannot explain it better. Congratulations to have finished it.

Ann said...

Time has certainly slipped away from me, too. My family has taken lots of attention recently. No complaints though.
Green and brown are among my favorite colors. Adding the yellows and neutrals makes this quilt sing. I'm amazed you got it done while moving house. Thanks for sharing the history.
I enjoy reading about your transition to recycled fabrics. I've finally used up much of my stash though you might not believe it because I dig stuff out with each new project. But I no longer have "all" the colors and values. It's a nice transition, isn't it? Now I pull what I have and then look around for infills. I still don't have as good resale shops as you... but I'm still searching.