Yippee! The first finish of 2011! And the embarrassing thing is that it only took 30 minutes to finish...I only needed to quilt something simple on the four corners. Why I couldn't "inconvenience" myself to finish it sooner is beyond me.
I stumbled on some notes and found that I started this project in 1994...I wanted a hand piecing baggie project at the time and thought that it would be fun to go through my scraps and cut one bowtie from each thing that caught my fancy. I hand pieced the bowties over the next few years. Then the stack of finished bowties sat around for a while. Then I assembled them without borders and THAT lanquished for a while.
Then I was trimming my stash and found enough fabric to border the bowties, which then sat some more before it was basted and finally hand quilted. Well, you get the idea. This quilt just wasn't in any hurry to be finished.
Each bowtie block is 6 inches, finished. I just love scrappy quilts, and especially love a "charm" scrappy quilt where every fabric is only used once. This kind of project shows my love of the quilting process...each step was therapy...fabric therapy. Each block is a record that a particular fabric existed in time. My husband and I were newly married and he used to read aloud to me while I worked. I can look at some of these blocks and remember snatches of stories.
It was slowly cut out by tracing plastic templates and cutting with good scissors after pressing each large scrap as it emerged from the jumble bag of scraps that I used at the time. Just like some people like to peel an apple with the peel snaking down in one long, curly, unbroken ribbon, when I use scissors to cut fabric pieces apart, I try to keep the mimimal fabric waste in one unbroken piece. Isn't that weird?
Then each block was slowly, individually hand pieced...just whenever I had a spare moment. Lots of time for petting and loving each fabric.
I'm such a freakin' fabric addict!
It's not a quilt to be entered into a show, not a particular prize, just part of our family inventory of quilts that we will use. Then maybe it will be part of my daughter's household some day. I love the old historic practice of a girl entering into a marriage with a collection of homemade quilts...part of her dowry and responsibility upon entering the partnership or just a part of her first home by herself.
OK...what UFO with it's own history will I attack next?