An online friend of mine is having a craft along on our Yahoo list. She asked us to choose some Autumn or Halloween projects to work on in September. I decided that my projects would be two things ~ to finish the hand quilting on a tablerunner I am working on and to start completing an autumn UFO. Well, yesterday instead of listing my intentions on the group mail, I became a woman possessed. *grins*
Back in 2006, I led a SAL (Stitch Along) for the then new Prairie Schooler Autumn Leaves. Everyone finished their stitching and many completed this adorable design into wallhangings. I decided I wanted to turn mine into the center of a quilt. I started using my scraps and fabric stash.
Once I completed the patchwork around the stitching, I never went any farther. The season had passed and I thought I could wait until the next autumn. But autumn 2007 rolled around and I was so busy with my quilt group that I never got it back out to start quilting it. Now I have a huge amount of UFOs! I need to compromise with myself if I am to get as many UFOs done this year as possible. When I pulled this off the hanger yesterday, I thought to myself it was time to sit down at my sewing machine and machine quilt this to get it done and enjoy now. To me, machine quilting is foreign territory. I have done very little machine quilting and enjoy the process of hand quilting. But a girl only has so much time and I really wanted to enjoy this now as autumn starts. I told myself to get over my fears of working it on the machine and voila! I have a finished quilt now the next morning.
I always say a quilt is truly finished when it has a label so I made the label this morning and sewed it on. I am very happy with how this has turned out. You can click any of the photos to enlarge them for more detail.
Quilt size: 18-1/2 inches (47cm) x 24-1/2 inches (62cm)