What’s a girl to do when she needs to make a quilt in a hurry? Why not by a quilt kit from a machine quilter who admits that she’s not crazy about piecing, and better yet, why not buy fabric that tells you how to quilt it? That was the thought process that resulted in my buying Angela Walter’s Athena Big Scroll kit. If I’d been brave enough to try and quilt it immediately, it would have been the perfect emergency quilt.
As it was, it sat around for about a month – all the while Angela’s “finished is better than perfect” motto echoing my head – before I worked out what to do with it. It turns out that follow the line quilting is a lot more difficult than it looks. Fortunately for me, Christa was working on something very similar with another of Angela’s fabric lines at about the same time as I was finishing this up, and came along a lot of the same problems, so I don’t feel remotely bad about mine being somewhat less than perfect.
The hardest part of this was working out how to follow the lines without too much backtracking. After all, it’s a print of a continuous line, quilting motif that Angela uses often, and one that I’ve played around with time and time again. I think I eventually got it though.
Fiddling around with all that negative space was fun. It wasn’t something I’d gone in to with much of an idea of what to do, although I knew I wanted to fill it with very fluid designs.
This is off in the post this week, along with a few other gifts I’ve finished recently, which will be popping up when I have time to write. I hope the recipient likes it. It will be a complete surprise, I hope.
I think it bears mentioning, for those of you who don’t know her, what a lovely person Angela is. I mentioned previously that I’d taken a few classes with her at HMQS back in May. I arrived to one class rather early, and saw her sitting alone, and decided that seeing as I didn’t know anyone else there, I may as well say hello. Well, she’d just been to Sydney; I’m from Sydney, we both like quilting; there was a lot to talk about. I’d very much expected a polite “Hello, nice to meet you. I’m busy, I’ll see you in class,” but instead had a very lovely conversation. Perhaps I’ll eventually stop being surprised by how willing established quilters are to share their time and experience with those of us who are newer in the field. I doubt it happens in very many other industries.
It turns out that Angela recognized my name when I placed my order on her website, and my fabric came with a lovely hand written card attached. Dear mystery gift recipient, Angela hopes you love your new quilt just as much as I do. Perhaps you’ll be kind enough to send us some photos of it in its new home (if you want to tag Angela in she’s @angelafmq just about everywhere).
In other news, last night, I noticed that I was getting an unusual amount of blog traffic coming in from Japan. It turns out that an Instagram acquaintance of mine, Red Coconut Shop, gave me a bit of a shout out on the shop blog, so I’d like to do the same, and of course, hello to everyone who’s come to visit me via their link. Unfortunately I don’t read Japanese, but I asked my Facebook friends for help, and Weeks (who seems to have an almost unending supply of hidden talents) assured me that this most probably meant that the people at the shop liked my work. They do run a lovely account on Instagram, which you do not have to be fluent in Japanese to enjoy, so I highly recommend taking a moment to have a look. Those Tokyo trade markets look very interesting.
In continuing news, the website is still under development. It turns out that trying to build a site with someone in a different time zone is incredibly challenging, and that I’m much more technically challenged than I realized. I’m really hoping I’ll be able to get it running properly in short order, but I still have a lot of content to create for it.
I’m linking up again with Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and TGIFF at From Bolt to Beauty, because everyone should be excited when they finish a quilt, even a very simply pieced one.
Until next time, happy quilting!