Around June, I resolved to clean out my huge pile of UFO's. The clean out process involved one of the BEST DECISIONS EVER for finishing UFO's, which might be obvious to all of you but was not obvious to me. Are you ready?
Send the quilts out to be long armed.
I hate basting quilts. HATE. I hate it enough to not finish quilts once the top is complete but I always thought about long arming as being for those huge quilts that I can't handle on my machine.
No no no. I think the best use of long arm services is for those quilts that make you want to shoot yourself in the foot!!
And so, I got to work on my pile. This quilt isn't my oldest, but it does date back to July 2010. I won't lie, finishing this quilt top was akin to poking out my eyeball (Just one, I don't desire to lose my vision). But I finished. And I'm glad I did.
The quilting was performed by Emily of Emerson Quilting, who did an amazing and FAST job. I asked for the famous Denyse Schmidt quilt pattern and she executed it perfectly! Emily is just starting out and has fair prices, excellent customer service, and an astonishing turn around time. Seriously, she turned around two quilts in about a day and a half, I think. Her site doesn't show a lot of options but if there is something you want just ask. She is super easy to work with!
I took both the quilts on vacation with me but in ten days I only managed to find time to bind one of them :). I guess I was too busy floating down the river in one of these everyday.
This is also my first and only quilt with white! I know that I'm way late to the white bandwagon - I think it left the station a year or two ago, but - wow - white looks great in quilts!
I hope you are having the best summer. Thanks for stopping by!
Finished Size: 60"x60"
Fabric: Kona White, various HR and DS scraps.
Block: Dutch Windmill. It's just HST's. I copied this amazing quilt. It's the first one I had ever seen and still a favourite.