I stress from start to finish. Did I pick the right colors. Will my customer love them. Should this piece go here? Will my customer love that. How should I quilt it. Will my customer love it. Time for a wash. Will it please not bleed....you know the feeling. One more hurdle to go. One more bit of time for stressing out. Although I have sent pictures throughout the entire process, will my customer love it in person???
It isn't any secret that I love to make abstract, improv quilts. And it is totally subjective. People like what they like. When I first started making and selling my work I wondered if there were others who would like what I do. Insecure quilter!
So, this was the first post I did on this massive quilt: Officially It's BIG. The start of the process. A big undertaking!
And here she is! A massive bundle of joy, stress and accomplishment! Thankfully my customer gave me the thumbs up to 'just do what I do'. It helped my mindset a little bit!
Let's talk stats! This is a for a queen size bed. The final measurements ended up being 90" x 96". White background was requested because the bedroom is dark, which is why I was freaking out about bleeding in the end! I barely had enough room to pin the top to the back, but after moving a piece of furniture or two, it worked.
Because of the size and the fact that my machine couldn't handle anything much bigger, I decided to quilt it using organic vertical straight lines. Varying widths. Simple. Effective.
Did I mention how heavy this quilt is? And how big it is? It wasn't easy. I will admit I had some sore arms and shoulders! I intentionally made it much bigger than the finished size (but of course). I knew that I would need some 'play' when it was time to square it up. Smart cookie! Actually, I learned that lesson from a previous quilt!
This size of quilt is also hard to photograph! I enlisted my son and daughter for help. A couple step stools, a couple tall people and a camera. I also have a hard time getting good shots of white fabric. It more often than not ends up blue-ish.
This quilt is the biggest I have ever made. There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears put into this one. But in the end...so worth it. Its gratifying.
What is the biggest quilt you have made? What was the biggest challenge you had during the quilt making process?