Quilting is a strange world. It’s a world of secret code, meticulous attention to detail, exactness in execution, and steely determination to follow the path of righteousness amongst it’s technically correct members. It helps if you’re over 55, and wear appliquéd sweatshirt tops.
Or so my generalized view of quilters is. I see them at the craft fairs pushing and shoving to be first in queue for the slightly garish prints, and I see the look of distaste in their eyes when I walk into a quilting shop. They never quite understand my choices of material, or why I put the colours and patterns together that I do. I had ‘the look’ (kind of like, Jesus Christ save this woman and bring me the wooden stake she’s doing what with the quilt??) at a quilt shop in Canberra
I think, perhaps, many people would ask why I did some of the things I did on this quilt. Well. My answer is, because I haven’t a clue what I’m doing and I make it up as I go, and as long as it looks good and stays together, it’s a success. I don’t really care – to care would make me a quilter, and I’m not sure that tag sits easily with me. I’d have to start wearing appliqué sweatshirts for one, and I’m not sure I can do that. How I knot or tie or stitch is irrelevant really. Yet, I feel I have to hide some of the major faults with this quilt from you. Or publicly out them.
The pieces are all wrong. There are sections I love and work gloriously well. And there are sections which I have trouble accepting. The balance is wrong, the colours not right in the mix, the widths of the banding not quite right. I’ve worried about it the whole way through. But interestingly, despite this, the finished product with edging and backing looks ok. On Max’s bed, it looks more than OK. It looks fantastic.
I hand stitched the entire quilted part. And I didn’t knot (finish/start? See I don’t even know the technical terms) properly, so the circles on the back will never be seen, which is a damn pity because they’re one of my favourite views of the quilt. They show the intense work and purity of the simple forms really well, something which gets lost a little unless you’re close up on the front. For this reason I had to put another back on, which is not quilted. It looks great, but the circle stitching would have been better….
And Max’s reaction? Is it ready to jump on now mummy? Yes Max, definitely ready to jump on! More photos over at flickr.