Anniversary Quilt

Mischa decided to hop on the quilt as I was trying to photograph it.
The more experienced among you probably chuckled knowingly when I figured that it would only take me an hour per block to quilt the thing. Indeed, quilting a sample block in the hand, being able to work easily from all four sides, gave me quite a misleading idea about how quickly 16 blocks+sashing would go. It took me at least 32 hours, which when combined with piecing the blocks and slipstitching the binding came to a grand total of 45 hours. I'm not even including the crazy late night dye session.

Which, if I was trying to sell it for $450 wouldn't even give me minimum wage. It's a good thing I do it for love.

I decided last night, as James and I celebrated one year from the day we first met, that I would give it to us, in honour of our relationship. When I first started making the blocks, a couple of years ago, I was thinking they would become a wedding chuppah for a friend. I remember being a little peeved that the bride thought it would be too folksy, and that's probably when it went into the UFO closet, where it sat quietly gathering energy until it decided it was time to emerge.

James has promised a good photo of the whole thing, once we get the doggie off it.


  1. Sue McB4:07 PM

    The quilt looks lovely, and all the better for being hand quilted in this world of long- arms. Happy anniversary too - well done on both counts.

  2. James has a very tough assignment because it's a beautiful photo.

    Setting means so much. And congratulations on the turn of the Wheel.

  3. Excellent quilt photo with the dog! Best way to mark an anniversary, handmade creations.

  4. Anonymous3:23 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous quilt and perfect anniversary present!

  5. a true love, true cuddle beauty

  6. Congratulations! It's a lovely quilt and you both deserve to keep it for yourselves. "Too folksy" - pfth!!!

  7. Anonymous10:58 AM

    ah-hh, lovely!

  8. Anonymous3:35 PM

    I can't believe someone turned this down for a chuppah! TSK! But, all's well that ends well--much better that you should keep it for your own special occasion! It's lovely1


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