Six years ago, I made a quilt for Mlle Tialys’s 18th birthday as I had done for her (slightly) older sister.
I can’t remember the pattern I used but it used a jelly roll and was some sort of hidden stars design as you can see below.
Mlle. Tialys the Elder was presented with her quilt on her 18th birthday but had to give it straight back to me as I hadn’t finished it so the Younger fared better in that hers was quilted and bound. It has since languished across a chair in her bedroom because it is a large double size and (from choice) she has a single bed.
Recently she decided she wanted to go and live in England and share Mr. Tialys’s commuter flat together with her sister who’s already there. In the required ‘upgrade’ to a three-bedroom flat, a double bed was purchased for her and so I thought I’d send the quilt over for her to finally use on a bed as nature intended.
However, when I picked up the quilt to give it a wash before packing it up I realised that, either from wanting to get it finished in a rush or just sheer laziness, I had only done the absolute minimum of quilting.
All I’d done was quilted around each star.
Extreme minimalism which, I realised, just wouldn’t do now it was going to be actually used on a bed.
What was I thinking? Don’t ask – it was six years ago and any reasoning (or forgetting) that went on at the time is lost in the mists.
As the quilt was already bound I thought I’d have to take it all off but I did some research and found somebody else who had asked the question on a quilt forum and the news was surprisingly good. Apparently, some quilters actually do this intentionally. They do some minimal quilting, then bind it, which helps stablilise the quilt for further quilting. Who knew? I didn’t but I might pretend I did if anyone asks.
Of course, that meant I had to wrestle the quilt under my domestic machine so, all I did was stitch in the ditch along the vertical and horizontal lines formed by the design which fortuitously happen to encase each star in a square. It’s still far too scant really but it’s better than it was.
In my defence m’lud, I did hand quilt those stars which is probably why I went down the ‘minimalist’ road originally, supporting the verdict that it was probably laziness rather than forgetfulness which the prosecution had suspected all along. The evidence is now on its way to England in the back of a car courtesy of some friends who are driving back after visiting their holiday home here for the Summer.
So it all turned out well (and very bright) in the end.