Someone recently asked “which is your favorite quilt?” Thinking about it I realized that my favorite quilt is almost always the one I am working on. While I am designing, piecing, appliquéing, quilting and binding, my favorite is the current one. I get passionate about it, as anyone who reads my blogs can attest. However, I have noticed that I am extremely fickle. As soon as a quilt is finished, I either put it on the bed, drape it on furniture, or send it as a gift, and then I almost forget it as I focus on the new adventure. Don’t get me wrong. When I look at the former favorites, I still get that warm, loving feeling, but it is not the intense passion that I feel for the one that is “becoming” under my fingers. I LOVE the process. I love designing a quilt: choosing blocks, putting them together, figuring out color schemes, deciding on borders, etc. Then I love picking out fabrics: can’t buy a “line” because the process has been done for me. Of course I HATE cutting fabric but after that I love piecing blocks and even the changes to design that come either from inspiration or needing to cover for a mistake I have made (oh, yes, that happens).
On my design wall now are all the snail’s trail blocks and I today I finished sewing them together. I made the decision to make a pieced border and I finished one today.
I have a wide backing that I bought at MQX in 2008 that I think will work well for this so I probably won’t have to piece the back and I have decided I am going to quilt this with a panto but have not yet decided which one. I had one extra block, one that didn’t have a lot of value contrast, that I am going to use as a very large label. I have measured out the words that I will be embroidering on it and will get to work on that this weekend. Since the block is 12” I think it will go in the middle of the back and will be on the back before I quilt. But I know that once all of this is done and the binding has been sewn down, I will give it a hug, tell it how much I love it, and then turn around and move on to my next love.