Memories of Maui
Posted 7 February 2012on:
That is the name of the “Hawaiian Quilt” I’ve been working on for over a year. I should clarify… I didn’t have it for the entire year, it spent about 4 months at the quilters. You may remember the beginning of it from this post.
I delivered it to the woman who commissioned me to make it, last Tuesday, Januarey 31. She was thrilled.
The first thing I told her was that she and I were to be married to the quilt because this quilt has been through “sickness and health, and richer and poorer” or maybe I should marry it.
I haven’t measured it, but I guesstimated about 400 inches of binding I stitched down by hand. Almost 3/4 done, when the thread started shredding. I was so frustrated with it, but wanted to get it done. She was supposed to be on her way back to Hawaii in mid-January. I had been using Piecemakers Betweens. The only thing that was different, I started wearing a thimble on my middle finger, as the eye kept poking into my finger, and it was getting rather sore. After changing thread and the needle. I changed the needle once more to one with a little larger eye and about 1/4″ longer. The other thing… I dropped my thimble in the couch. But I got it done.
I used the ladder stitch, you may remember that I really liked using Sharon Schamber’s binding technique. Way back then… yes, I looked it up, just over three years ago there wasn’t much on the “ladder stitch”. Wow, time flies. Anyway, when I was trying to explain to my mom through messaging on the computer and then by phone, I did a quick search, and couldn’t believe all the hits.
My friend Shawn (MsLibra) did the quilting on this quilt. She used a topography design, with foot prints walking up the quilt.
I’ve been asked to make the label for her, and I was hoping to do that on February 8, at my sewing/quilting group, but forgot the hall has been scheduled for another event. I should work on it from home. I have some ideas on what I’m going to do, but can’t say anything until its done. The label will be another blog entry.
I do regret I didn’t take photos of all the different shapes of the fabric when I received it. Approximately half of my time was spent cutting the rectangles.
I’ve been through a lot with this quilt. It has waited patiently as I went through my health issues. I am very glad it is completed and soon will go to its forever home, but I will miss it.
Next step is the label.