I finally finished this quilt. Sometimes I don't finish certain projects because I'm so certain they won't turn out like I picture them in my head. In my head, my idea world, it's off the chain. I'm telling you, if I had the talent to match my vision, I'd be a rich woman.
I made this quilt top in Virginia, shortly after I miscarried. I spotted this sparrow fabric and built the whole quilt around it. The plus sign design met my criteria of "totally doable" and...meaningful for several reasons. A plus sign. She was there, confirmed by the very first plus sign. Valuable and loved and wanted. She was a positive for our family. Definitely a plus, even though we lost her. Even though she didn't join our family physically, she changed us.
This one got tucked away because I loved the quilt top a little too much. I didn't want to ruin it by finishing it. A few days ago, I got my chance to wrap up this project. I have so many ideas rattling around in my brain that I needed to get everything else checked off the never-ending todo list.
I thought about free motion quilting waves. I thought about clouds. I thought about just stippling it with never ending squiggles. In the end, I decided to wing it. Get it? Wing it. Yeah. I went with feathers. Because I was so intent not to screw up so close to the end, I decided to try using a method with tracing paper. The idea is that you draw a design on tracing paper, pin it to your quilt, sew over the paper and then pull the paper off. Voila, you're left with a perfect design. Except that's not at all how it worked out. I will nevereverever use tracing paper for quilting. I try to do one new technique with every sewing project. In an effort to improve, I'm all for learning. Most of the time I'm learning things NOT to do.
Once I finally picked all the tiny shreds of paper out of the first feather, I figured it couldn't be any worse to free hand it and hope for the best. I am super happy with the results. I am also super happy that I used a light colored thread.
Following the design of the backing, I mixed up the feather designs. I had a lot of fun with this one. I'm glad to have a physical, every day reminder of our little one. I can't wait to share the whole story with her little sister.