Several months ago, I embarked on a Big Project: a king sized pieced quilt for our bed. I was tired of the quilt I’d made over ten years ago, and I had a stack of Asian fabric to start with. I knew I’d need to buy more, but that is the quilter’s best excuse. I love fabric. Sometimes a beautiful pattern or texture of cloth can elicit a visceral reaction.
For this quilt, round edges were my new challenge. I cut the fan blades and slowly, over weeks, sewed ninety-four fans.
Once I had cut the white squares, I laid out the center pieces on the design wall (see above). But the quilt was too big for the wall, so I moved to the floor. The only space large enough proved to be our bedroom, and even then, I had the corners under the dresser and the bed.
With the top done, I took all the extra fabric, plus some new yardage, and stitched it together to make a back. The quilt top measured 107″ square. In the end, I was wrangling a huge amount of fabric in and out of the sewing machine.
When front and back were done, I sent it off to a local long-arm quilter, who did a magnificent job sewing the “quilt sandwich” together. Then I put on the binding, and VOILA! A very big finished project.
I won’t say, “Never again!” But it will be a long time before I take on anything as big as that fan quilt.