Neverending Story Ends At Last!

One of my oldest UFO is finally finished. You can read the complete story here:



My way to patchwork was a classic one. My brother was going to be a daddy, so as the best aunt of the world, I wanted to make a quilt for my niece. If I have a deadline, I work very effective, so the quilt was ready on time and the presentees were happy. But for me, it was too late. I was infected with the much-quoted patchwork-virus. 
So I bought a patchwork magazine, picked a wonderful quilt, ordered the fabric kit and started sewing. The top was sewn in no time. I loved the bright colors of the many different batik fabrics and I was happy. Even the 30 meters of black bias tape were no problem.
The top was ready, the backing was there, the quiltsandwich was ready.

And then.

My destiny.

The Quilting.

Still wet behind my quilter-ears I have never attended a workshop and didn't know any other quilter. So I didn't realize that the wonderful feather pattern from the original design wasn't the right thing to stitch as a first try. That I might quilt it on my machine didn't even cross my mind. Long story short: After some evenings of agonizingly slow quilting, the quilt ended up in my UFO-box. This was in the summer of 2007.

Since then, it vegetated there, was rediscovered 4-5 times when I moved. My guilty conscience grew and so did the question if this thing would ever be finished. Then, finally, in January 2016, I participated in a workshop and learned how to quilt by hand. I remembered my colorful friend, ripped out every buckled stitch and started all over again. By then I knew that I shouldn't try the feathers again, so I decided to quilt a quote of one of my favorite books on the curvy lines. After a few lines I had to realize that the top was much too colorful. Nobody would ever read the quote. On the black backing though, the letters were crystal clear. But mirror-inverted. 
So I ripped a second time and now I would quilt it from the back. 

(I won't tell you, that I took out the stitches after a few quilted words a third time, just to try a different design. Or that I realized, that the chosen design wouldn't work and took out the stitches a fourth time.)

By now I was really tired of this quilt and just wanted it to be finished. 

Every week, I visit my local quilt store for an UFO-Quilting-Bee. One evening, I looked at the sitdown longarm standing in the corner which was for rent. That was it! I rented it for an evening and the quilt was finished in no time. Unbelievable that it took nearly 10 years so finish this and then the quilting took my just a few hours... 

And now, it is finished. I can barely believe it. It is not my best work, the stitches are quite uneven but I don't care. I am so happy to have this done.












The pattern is "Swinging Colors" from Claudia Pfeil and the Quote is from Paulo Coelhos "Veronica decides to die: "I want to continue being crazy. Living my life the way I dream it and not the way other people want it to be. The minute I stopped caring what other people thought and started doing what I wanted to do is the minute I finally felt free." 

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