It’s finished! It’s really, really finished! And it only took two years! ha. It started with these plans and got pieced like this and then moved onto this and started growing like this. It was over a year ago that the top was pieced.
And then the quilting totally got derailed. Bunches and puckers all over the back. I had to redo a lot of quilting last Spring. Rip out over 50 feet of stitches, resandwich and restretch, repin, etc. Then it got hot. So hot that the candle in my china cabinet did this: No one, and I mean NO ONE, can quilt under those conditions!
Luckily, having to restart the quilting caused me to rethink my pattern. I ended up adding a handquilted floral center, which is my take on one of these cool patterns I found online, with the crosshatching by machine radiating out from there. It made machine quilting much smoother and gave Izzy a little special handquilting in her quilt, just like her big sister has.
I’d like to title the above picture, “Made in Grand Rapids,” as I made both those quilts here and the bunk beds were also made locally. To maintain the honesty of this title, please disregard the pink Tommy Hilfiger pillowcase and the owl pillow bought at Target.
It feels sooo good to have this quilt done. I almost can’t believe that I really made this. I’ve always wanted a Trip Around the World quilt! I know: this isn’t really MY quilt. I guess I’d better start collecting fabrics for my own! If I’m lucky, it’ll only take me two years to finish it!
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