My aunt was a hand-quilter back in the day but has moved on to knitting. Over the years she has made us nieces and nephews such great sweaters and quilts. This last year she asked me to make her a monochromatic taupe quilt using the pattern Fireworks by Thimble Blossoms. (So yes, these pictures are in color!) This was a way for me to return the favor. I will admit when I started this quilt a year ago and it did push my quilting skills. I got really friendly with the seam ripper. In my head the whole thing looked much easier!
Last spring I made 10 of the 16 blocks required, then promptly ran out of steam. In the mean time I had also completed some other projects that really pushed my skills as a quilter. Every time I thought of finishing up these blocks, I was reminded at how much difficulty I had with them. Then lost motivation. Over February vacation, I gave myself an ultimatum, nothing else until these blocks are finished.
Ta da! They are finished. After coming back to these blocks a year later and on a new machine, they weren't as much trouble as I had originally had with them. (Little pat on the back was inserted.) The last 6 went together quickly without any issues. Once the blocks were finished the top was a breeze. Now, I just need to back, quilt, and bind. No biggie! This is defiantly not my typical color palette, but might be becoming one of my favorite quilts. It's going to be painful to give away, but well worth it!
- Patch & Chels