This is my most ambitious quilt so far: yet another Kaffe Fassett model. In the German version of “Caravan of Quilts” it’s called Urknall, which translates as Big Bang – and I think this is exactly what it looks like.
At one point I had actually calculated how many diamonds I had cut (it was way over 1000) but I forgot that information asap, so suffice it to say that I had a lot of diamonds on my cutting table.
Of course the assembly of the quilt is in diagonal rows, so basically you just follow a chart without having a feel for the final outcome and you only realise that there might have been a mistake during piecing when the rows are joined. And yes, of course there were a few mistakes, but I managed to correct them. The quilting was done by hand, diagonal rows following the line of the ditch, but about 1cm to one side of the ditch. I must admit that I really did not enjoy this. I am not a great fan of hand sewing anyway, but on this large scale I found it boring and tedious – and I guess that shows in the result. Since completion of this quilt I have bought myself a walking foot for my sewing machine and have had some quite good results quilting smaller quilts, but I have not tries a full size quilt so far. I guess I’m dreading it so I am putting it off… That’s quilting psychology for you!
I bought the backing fabric specially, but the binding is old bed linen, the yellow circles on white from the bed linen I used for my babies, the red flowers leftovers from a dress I made for my daughter when she was little – lots of memories that to me are the essence of quilting.
So what do you think: What is the special attraction of quilting for you? Is it the sewing challenge? The fact that you can conserve memories in fabric? Or something else?