For the last four months, I have been deadly busy with work during the week, then busy with home renovation on Saturdays, then busy with housework on Sundays and had no time to do any sewing. However, last week, the Man of the House got his second COVID vaccine and he got really sick so we took a day off on Saturday from the renovation work. First free Saturday in, I don't know, many months! So I decided to jump deep into quilting.
I bought this Campfire Quilt by Suzy Quilts pattern and fabric kit a couple of years ago and actually started this project last May.
I think I spent one day cutting, two days piecing, then one day making the quilt sandwich.
This was my second quilt project in my life. I made my first quilt well over 20 years ago when I was still in Japan. I used my mother's sewing machine and made a log cabin quilt. My mother still has that quilt on her bed.
Funny how I picked another log cabin for my second quilt. This time though, I tried free motion quilting for the first time. I mean, it was even my first time putting the darning foot on my sewing machine.
I made a practice quilt sandwich using the left-over fabric and scrap poly batting. I decided to stick with stippling (meandering pattern). It took me a while to get the rhythm, but it was kind of fun. Then I got cold feet when I faced the real deal and kind of set it aside...
Anyway, the time has come and I did my free motion quilting on my Campfire Quilt last weekend. There are so many mistakes and so many jagged turns but who cares, if I step away three feet, I don't notice it so I'm totally ok with it. I mean, working on a large size quilt is so much different from practicing on a small piece.
I was able to finish quilting and binding before the end of the weekend, and after eleven months since I started this project, the quilt is done!
If you have an eagle eye, you will notice that I forgot to alternate the colored strips and cream background strips. Do I care? Nah.
I really enjoyed making this quilt. Buying a kit really helped me because the color combination was what really appealed to me in the first place so it was nice to get exactly the same fabric all in one kit.
While I have always liked quilts in general, I have realized I really like the modern quilt designs with solid color fabric and negative space. Solid color is soothing to me.
Although it took almost a year to complete, I am very happy with the finished project. It now lies proudly on my couch in my living room.