I recently found an external hard drive that had been missing for about 3 years. I am so excited because I had previously come to terms with loosing several years worth of family pictures and quilt pictures. But lo and behold, I found it and now I can add several quilts to the blog! A number of the quilts are unfinished in the pictures. I don’t know why I took pictures of unfinished quilts, but I’m glad I did because most of these quilts were gifted away several years ago so these pictures are the only records I have of them.
I’ve decided to make a mini-series of these quilts not only to show off my profile, but it’s also interesting for me to see how my quilting has improved over the years. I was always a little intimidated by the immaculate, intricate quilts of my mother in law or the displays in fabric stores, so I think it’s good to show people that everyone starts somewhere!
This airplane quilt was made for the son of some very good friends of our (you can find quilting for Mr. P’s siblings here and here). It was so fun making this quilt for Mr. P because his mother and I were pregnant at the same time, Mr. P is only 11 hours younger than M, and they were born in the same hospital. There was a party in the maternity ward that weekend! Unfortunately Mr. P and his family moved out of Colorado a few years ago, so when I lost the hard drive, I thought I had lost the quilt pictures completely. But now I have three, very grainy pictures to show off to you lovely readers.
This airplane quilt was my first attempt at free motion quilting, and I was so nervous and determined to “do it right the first time”, that I ended up making life harder for myself. I drew the swirly cloud design on tissue paper and covered the entire quilt in tissue paper! The quilting itself was easy enough, there were some hiccups because it was my first time with FMQ, but that wasn’t the issue. The real problem came when I tore away the tissue paper and millions of tiny tissue paper pieces were left stuck underneath the quilting stitches! I’m pretty sure I spent more time cleaning the stitching with tweezers than I spent actually creating the quilt.
I’ve never really had much luck since with FMQ, and I find that I have an affinity for simple, strait, top stitching. Maybe my experience with this quilt scarred me for life, I don’t know, or maybe I’m just holding out for a long arm machine from Handsomepants (I won’t hold my breath!), but that just sounds like a convenient excuse to keep top stitching.