This quilt was so much fun to make. Bev Stookey, who I mentioned in a previous post, used to teach this class at Eddie's Quilting Bee. I am guessing that I put the top together about 12-15 years ago! And, nope, it isn't finished! You see, I decided to hand quilt it myself.
For one thing my hand quilting skill level is low. I will say this though, if you keep at it, your stitches do get smaller and more even. My problem was, I kept putting the quilt away and when I picked it up again months or years later, I had to start all over again building up my quilting dexterity. It feels so clumsy and awkward when you first start up.
I've heard many people say that they "don't like tree quilts", but I think this one is kinda cute. I love the way each tree block has its own black containment border. It was also a kick to collect all the different fabrics for the trees. And I remember how the women in the class all laughed and joked and had such a good time.
The texture of this quilt is so different from a machine quilted one. It is much much softer. So inviting to snuggle under for a bit of a nap.
When I started searching for this quilt to post on it, it was literally on the very bottom of a stack of quilts in my bedroom closet, way high up on a shelf. I had to drag out the ladder and climb up to wrestle it down without disturbing the rest of the piles. Imagine me looking up thinking "Oh, man, how am I going to get that down?"
Now that I have it in hand, I am thinking that I need to finish this one. Who cares if my quilting is less than perfect? There is something appealing about making the effort.