It's that time of year again when all the cool kids get to go to quilt market and those of us left behind have our own festival of sorts hosted by the lovely Amy.
I do not have a new quilt to share with you all today. I hope you will not mind looking at an oldy again while I talk a bit more about how this quilt came to be.
This quilt's story is pretty much a history of my indecisiveness ;) It started off as a plan to make an entire queen sized quilt by hand, English paper piecing this pattern. I still love these paper pieced circles very much. I believe originally the pattern is called an Amish friendship ring but it's most commonly referred to these days as 'Spring Carnival'.
I soon realized I did not have the determination it would take to finish an entire quilt by hand and this has been on my W.I.P pile ever since (shameful!)
I called in the help of my bee mates in Fresh Modern Bee 2. They all made some beautiful blocks with my AMH stash and I have felt very guilty that none of those blocks ended up in my quilt (again- shameful!)
It is odd really that it took me so long to come to terms with the fact that all I desired for this quilt to be was simple patchwork squares. Perhaps I fancied myself more original and creative than that, but the truth is patchwork squares are my all time favourite. They are what comes to mind when I think of the word "quilt".
To come to terms with my rather boring choice of patchworks squares I decided this quilt needed some fancy quilting. I couldn't simply get away with another favourite of mine; straight line quilting. I knew I would not find the quilting design I was after in the stencils my LQS carries, so I started experimenting with paper templates for hand quilting.
If you are interested in how I used this technique I made a little video tutorial of it (it's in the sidebar on the right).
Many, many hours of hand quilting later the quilt is now finished. I do enjoy the silky softness of the voile backing and the lightness of the silk wadding, it is pure luxury to sleep under. Now for some warmer summer nights so I can ditch the duvet entirely!
I am off to have a look at all the other Blogger's Quilt Festival entries :)
Thank you for stopping by!