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« on: January 21, 2013 01:01:22 PM »

I started this quilt in 1988, when I first moved from home and was living in London,  my sister in law was working as a gopher in Norman Hartnells couture house (one of the queens dressmakers) she brought me a bag of scraps, that was what got the quilt started...so some of these might be off cuts from the queens frocks... Smiley




I am aware as I type this, that some of you reading won't have been born when I started this quilt. But tonight I finally finished it. The individual squares were sewn over a period of about a year or so...then there was a break and I added more squares...then time elapsed....a lot of time...eventually I sewed them all together...then more time elapsed, I made a quilt sandwich and started to quilt...mega fail, with puckers and all sorts of bad things...so I ripped the top from the back and then more time elapsed (are you seeing a pattern yet?)...then on the 13 quilts in 13 years thread, someone suggested a challenge to finish your oldest WIP, so I decided to give this one last go. I didn't think it would be done this time, as the deadline was the end of jan, and I had my daughters 18 birthday party and a lot of work commitments.


One of the reasons this didn't get done in recent years was because I don't actually like this so much any more. My tastes have gone from log cabin to more contemporary styles...plus the sewing is AWFUL!>..there are so many missed bits, frayed bits and nothing lines up! so much has happened since I started it.

I got my degree, MSc and Phd.
I got married and divorced.
I had a daughter (who turned 18 yesterday)
I moved from london, back to Ireland, then to australia, then back to Ireland.
This quilt has moved house ten times (it didn't come to australia with me, it lived in a shed for three years while I did)
I've bought 4 houses and sold two (negative equity is  bitch!), bought three cars and sold two, visited 22 countries
I have had too many heartbreaks, I have had wonderful times, great experiences, made wonderful friends... and just life stuff really.

I honestly was starting to wonder if it would ever get done, but then I had a brainwave the other day. I had this old quilt that I bought years ago in a charity shop, lovely fabric, but torn and worn beyond repair.
 

the two sandwiched together, with the torn patchwork in the middle






so I thought that I would combine the two, It went OK, the top of the quilt was done with such slapdash gusto, that it didn't really lie flat, so I didn't do too much quilting, just enough to hold the the layers together, and this time with no puckering...then to my horror I realised that I had missed a rip on the back...arrgh...and far too lazy to start again, I made another square for the back to cover up the rip. The dates embroidered in the centre of the patch..and bound in a plain dark blue binding

...followed by a happy dance...the beast is finally done!!

and despite the fact that I don't think that there is one beautiful piece of fabric in this, not one single piece of new fabric, everything was old, second hand, scrap or salvaged from clothing....there is not one regular, even square...and the quality of the stitching is so poor...given all of that.....it actually looks well now that it is done.

I pieced the top, during one of the most emotionally painful times in my life...so I am reluctant to sleep under it...so I am going to put it on the guest bed for now...

I am just happy that it is done...





and a final gratuitous shot..
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2013 01:15:54 PM »

Great finish edel! Go you! Woot!
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2013 01:19:16 PM »

thanks to you and the challenge MareMare...otherwis e it would still be languishing!
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2013 01:47:37 PM »

What a great story - you gave that quilt such a personality!  Congrats on getting it done!
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2013 02:55:26 PM »

Congratulations on finally finishing it!!! I know you don't want to sleep under it, but I hope you keep it- I've always felt that the best handmade stuff is made from {literal} pieces of your history. Good or bad, those are pieces of your life, all stitched together!

And it's made from the Queen's scraps... how cool is that?!

And it just looks good!
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2013 05:12:23 PM »

What a great story - that quilt was "meant to be" - congratulations on checking a HUGE project off your list!
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2013 05:46:07 PM »

How inspiring!  Thank you for sharing the story behind this fabulous work.
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2013 06:34:55 PM »

The second quilt I ever made was a string quilt, similar to yours. As I finished the piecing, all I could see were its flaws. When I got it back from the quilter today it was beautiful. Perfect for my state of mind and progress as a quilter. I see beyond the flaws and the literal blood, sweat and tears that soaked into it. I love it, whether that be in spite of its flaws or because of them. And I love myself just a little bit differently for having the courage to begin.

If you see any comfort or similarity in our situations, I hope it helps and that someday you'll sleep under your quilt.
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2013 09:23:53 PM »

Congrats on the finish!  You two have quite a history, don't you?  Wink  I'll bet you have a satisfied and triumphant feeling since it represents so much more than pieced fabric.
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2013 12:16:35 PM »

Congratulations on finally finishing it!!! I know you don't want to sleep under it, but I hope you keep it- I've always felt that the best handmade stuff is made from {literal} pieces of your history. Good or bad, those are pieces of your life, all stitched together!

And it's made from the Queen's scraps... how cool is that?!

And it just looks good!


thanks for that, I have kept it, I don't think I could part with it, given that it has so much of my history as you said...


The second quilt I ever made was a string quilt, similar to yours. As I finished the piecing, all I could see were its flaws. When I got it back from the quilter today it was beautiful. Perfect for my state of mind and progress as a quilter. I see beyond the flaws and the literal blood, sweat and tears that soaked into it. I love it, whether that be in spite of its flaws or because of them. And I love myself just a little bit differently for having the courage to begin.

If you see any comfort or similarity in our situations, I hope it helps and that someday you'll sleep under your quilt.

this is beautiful and yes, I do see all of the emotion that went into it ...thanks...and I love what you said 'i love myself a bit differently for having the courage to begin'...that is beautiful..

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Congrats on the finish!  You two have quite a history, don't you?  Wink  I'll bet you have a satisfied and triumphant feeling since it represents so much more than pieced fabric.

oh I am so proud of finishing it...I suspect that it finishing just after my daughters birthday is also not a coincidence...that was another finish of sorts...

thank you for your lovely commments
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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2013 03:15:30 PM »

I love your quilt and I especially love the reasons behind why it wasn't finished. You've lived a very interesting life so far.
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2013 03:29:28 PM »

I love hearing the story behind your quilt Edel....that lovely piece is totally representative of life with stops and starts, happy and sad and perseverance.  way to go Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2013 04:29:18 PM »

I read the post about your quilt, and thought that the quilt represented your strength.  I think you should be proud of yourself AND your quilt!  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2013 01:02:30 AM »

thank you so much for the wonderful comments...funny but I never thought that finishing this quilt would make me so proud..

and reading all the lovely thoughts and comments on here, is a wonderful way to start my day on this cold and icy morning in Ireland.
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« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2013 12:34:27 PM »

How wonderful that this quilt has been around for so much of your life. Definitely you should take pride in finishing it up. Good for you; that was quite an accomplishment! I think it's just beautiful.
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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2013 06:10:50 PM »

Awesome EdelC.  They say that each quilt tells a story about the quilter.  Yours definitely does.  What a great finish.  I love the use of the old quilt.  Absolutely inspired. 
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« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2013 08:32:31 PM »

Awesome quilt and story Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2013 08:03:32 PM »

Beautiful quilt, beautiful story.  I do hope that one day you can sleep under it,  but until then, feel pride in your accomplishment!  Congratulations on finally finishing it.  Kiss Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2013 09:55:30 PM »

Oh my gosh, that quilt is beautiful. I love all the variety of colors and patterns, and the idea that you could have bits that came off the queen's clothes is just too cool!

I started a quilt when I was in 4th grade (I'm 16 now), and I have a feeling it will have a story similar to this one someday, since it still needs to be bound and tied, and I'll be getting the heck out of here as soon as I graduate Tongue. And your life sounds amazing. Australia and England are my top two awesome places I want to live, though Australia is a bit wishy-washy, since I'm afraid of scorpions, snakes, and big bugs, but I find kangaroos absolutely adorable. . .

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way, it's so inspiring that you kept with it through all those years! If anything, it has even more meaning to you, I would think. Good job and congrats!
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« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2013 12:48:08 PM »

Oh my gosh, that quilt is beautiful. I love all the variety of colors and patterns, and the idea that you could have bits that came off the queen's clothes is just too cool!

I started a quilt when I was in 4th grade (I'm 16 now), and I have a feeling it will have a story similar to this one someday, since it still needs to be bound and tied, and I'll be getting the heck out of here as soon as I graduate Tongue. And your life sounds amazing. Australia and England are my top two awesome places I want to live, though Australia is a bit wishy-washy, since I'm afraid of scorpions, snakes, and big bugs, but I find kangaroos absolutely adorable. . .

Any
way, it's so inspiring that you kept with it through all those years! If anything, it has even more meaning to you, I would think. Good job and congrats!

thanks sweetie..australia rocks!...and mostly you just see the nastier bugs and crawlies in the zoo...kangaroos are cute, but the koalas and the wombats are amazing!....go when you get the chance, until then plan and dream to find a way...the one thing that I have learned is that mostly in this life, the things that you will regret are the things that you don't do
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Oh, good gracious!  What a wonderful quilt and such a great story to go with it!
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« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2013 07:50:37 PM »

Hey, that is something.

I do have a question for you. Did you start this in 1998 or 1988?  Huh The dates are different but I bet it is 1988? Especially since you have a daughter getting ready to turn 18?
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« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2013 03:01:33 AM »

It was 1988, I must go back and change that...thanks for the pointing that out. It was a long long long time in the making!
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« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2013 06:44:23 AM »

I am curious, are there any shiny bits of fabric in there? Like from a ball gown?  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2013 11:42:27 AM »

not shiny shiny...but there are some silky satiny ones, which could come from cocktail type dresses...
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« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2013 04:32:17 PM »

That why I love quilts,they always have so many stories behind them.It's gorgeous.
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« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2013 02:19:57 AM »

thank you for all the wonderful compliments on this

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« Reply #27 on: February 06, 2013 02:38:47 PM »

KUDOS to you!  Ancient WIPS NEVER go away, the guilt I carry from them languishing just festers.  I try to enjoy them as art even unfinished, and remind myself that the process IS the art, but it's so great to put a project to bed!  Congrats on finishing it even if you weren't in love with it.

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« Reply #28 on: February 07, 2013 12:58:35 AM »

KUDOS to you!  Ancient WIPS NEVER go away, the guilt I carry from them languishing just festers. 



you are so right!...and it is amazing how much satisfaction 'unburdening' yourself of that guilt brings. Even if you don't love the result...

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« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2013 06:54:28 PM »

You go girl!  I have one that's 90% hand quilted since about the same time.  LOL  Carpal tunnel is keeping me from tackleing the finish.  Guess my daughter will inherit this UFO. Grin
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« Reply #30 on: February 21, 2013 04:43:54 AM »

You go girl!  I have one that's 90% hand quilted since about the same time.  LOL  Carpal tunnel is keeping me from tackleing the finish.  Guess my daughter will inherit this UFO. Grin

thanks hon...wow 90% hand quilted..that is amazing..I certainly wouldn't have had the patience for that!!!
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I congratulate you. It may not be the most beautiful or perfect. I feel it tells a story, not necessarily the fabrics themselves, but as a whole.  You accomplished so much and whether you liked it or not, it was always there with you. Let it be a strong positive for you, something you started and kept going, a wonderful accomplishment, especially in todays world where so many give up so easily. It is a life story of a different kind.
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« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2013 03:11:51 PM »

I congratulate you. It may not be the most beautiful or perfect. I feel it tells a story, not necessarily the fabrics themselves, but as a whole.  You accomplished so much and whether you liked it or not, it was always there with you. Let it be a strong positive for you, something you started and kept going, a wonderful accomplishment, especially in todays world where so many give up so easily. It is a life story of a different kind.


thank you so much, those are beautiful words...actually I am learning to like this quilt after all. it is on the spare bed and I see it every day..I need to pause at it a little more and appreciate the journey that it represents..thanks
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