It wasn't until I pulled out my hand quilting last night that I figured it out:
Hmmm. Maybe it's time to take a break?
Let me show you what I've been working on.
If you're thinking that looks old, you're right. I won't go into the long story of these blocks, but I have 16 of them, each a different color, that were embroidered by someone else and then given to me to quilt. 25 years ago. Her handiwork was really good, so good that I'm pretty sure my quilting is not doing it justice.
I was full of excitement when I got them, but I had no idea how to quilt and no one to show me and the internet had not yet been invented. I suppose I could have bought a book or something, but frankly, the thought didn't occur to me. They've been in the back of my mind since I started quilting 3 years ago, but I haven't been that interested in hand quilting before. Out of nowhere a few weeks ago, I had the compelling urge to hand quilt something, NOW. So I pulled these out & started. I've done 4 so far:
And I'm looking for your thoughts as to what I should do with them. The fabric is very thin, so thin that the embroidery threads on the back show through way too clearly, and so thin that I fear it might not hold up well as a quilt. It has small stains on it, although I'm not sure how. I've had them in storage for 25 years, only taking them out once or twice to look at. And I'm also wondering if 16 of them together might be too busy. I can picture one as a pillow cover, or a few made into a table runner, but all 16 together seems overwhelming. But something in me wants to stick to the original plan for them. What would you do?
Linking up to Freshly Pieced for her WIP Wednesday series.