Catchy title, right? 🙂
I made this quilt top in the summer of 2004. It was my very first quilt and I made it with the guidance of three wonderful ladies I worked with at the time. We worked at our community college and when it came time to spread out our tops for viewing, rearranging, or basting we would lay everything out in the hallway. So much room! Summer meant very few students around, so we had lots of space to work in.
I made this top using a pattern called Winning Hand. The pattern book is 62 pages long! 62 pages people! I find it a bit amusing that this pattern is a ‘Quilt in a Day’ publication and it is as long as it is…. I still have it, along with the cardboard templates I used to cut the pieces. Looking at that now, I feel so old school. Ha!
At the time, I didn’t know anything about quilting. I didn’t know there was a movement starting where people quilted their own tops on their domestic machines. I thought the only way to finish this quilt was to send it to a longarmer.
When I got the top put together I was hooked on quilting, so I immediately started on a log cabin quilt for my oldest son. I was able to finish that one and have it longarmed by a local person. Shortly after I picked up the finished quilt, the longarmer moved, so my Winning Hand quilt was packed away and eventually forgotten about.
Fast forward to 2014 and I started quilting again. I was so excited to learn I could quilt this top myself and not have to find a longarm person I was comfortable working with. But other projects kept jumping line and this one never seemed to be a priority. But you all know I am now in the process of organizing and purging my sewing space. That means cleaning up some of the WIPs I have hanging around, and this one finally made it to the top of my list to finish.
Yesterday, I basted the quilt and started stitching. Can you all do the happy dance for me??
I’ve decided it will probably take me a while to quilt. I’ll be working on it between other paying projects, and I really want to just enjoy a project with no deadline. I will be doing a crosshatch background in all the blocks so there will be lots of marking. But I’m good with that decision. After all, I’ve waited this long so I can wait a bit longer, right?
I know you guys have WIPs that need finished. Are any of them as old as this one?