(By the way, that's the collar of my red and black flannel shirt that edged its way into the photo, on the lower left side.........it almost looks like a vulgar gesture to me, so I apologize, but when I cropped the photo to exclude it, the quilt didn't look complete !)
Often, in looking through various blogs, and on Flickr, I admire quilts that are made with lots of white. It has been years since I made such a quilt, and I find that my memory is starting to let me down when I need it greatly. You see, as a quilter with over 30 years of experience, I should remember WHY I no longer make certain 'formulas' of quilts.
#1. There are many, many seams in these blocks, so I chose to press the seam allowances toward the sashes........yikes.....remember that warning about darker seams sticking out past lighter ones, and showing through? Yeh, got that.
#2. Then, there's the fact that since these pieces have all kinds of bias edges, they are fraying differently from straight cut pieces........it's like a little line of fringe along every outer block edge ! (that shows through the sashing, too) !
#3. And lastly, there are 2 million and 47 little threads that have totally loosed themselves from the piecing........mI-Nute threads, which cling to my pin-pricked fingers when I pick them off, to just be redeposited where I reach for the NEXT one ! It's going to be very interesting when I go to baste this top.......I'll be forever trying to get that LAST thread that threatens to show through the top, knowing that more will loose themselves as the layers of the quilt shift around.
Why worry about it right.......boy, I sound anal !
I wanted to hand-quilt this one for Zoe's new room (Kelley and Tim are looking for a house to buy, now that they're coming back to the states), but maybe I should just quickly machine-quilt it, so that I'm not constantly concerned that a 6 year-old is ruining the quilt. That way her mommy can just throw it into the wash everytime a stain shows up on all that white !
Well..........it is awfully pretty, though, isn't it? See why we go through all this hassle? The finished product just feeds the creative soul ! Praise the LORD !