I thought I'd share my Around the World quilt top today after the Sunday night's marathon to get all the piecing finished.
I love how it looks but am very relieved to actually get it to this stage and just be able to fold it and put it away for a while. To be honest, I choose a fairly silly way to construct the quilt, working in rounds and piecing the rows with partial seams as I went along. It all made sense in my head and in a way still does since I didn't have the space to lay it all out before hand and keep it all in situ as I pieced the quilt top in sections (which is the way I would choose to do it next time). However, in practice it meant I had strips of 2.5" squares growing and dangling and sometimes coming apart as I worked at other rows. I think working the quilt up in this way simply meant too much handling for such small pieces and there was much fraying and unravelling and many, many loose threads travelling across my house!!
You may remember that I chose this quilt as the first project to make on my lovely vintage Singer. She did a smashing job stitching beautifully on my beloved Bonnie & Camille fabrics. So, I am considering her officially christened now that the top is fully pieced, and I have been broken in to using her. I even managed to stop the phantom foot pedal work about half way through the piecing! I think that I'll move back to my other machines to finish the quilt off though. I'm not sure I'm up to quilting a whole quilt top on her!
As I say, I have now folded and laid away the quilt top for a little bit while I decide what to do with it next. I need to work out how I want to use this quilt - lap quilt? sofa throw? wall quilt? bed topper? I'm not really sure yet, but I'll let those thoughts percolate while I see if there's still time to squeeze in a finish or two before the year closes. I'm dreaming of a Christmas break where CT lets mummy sit on the sofa for an hour occasionally. Never gonna happen, but you know, a girl can dream!