It’s been awhile since I have updated you about my first quilting project! I’m excited to say that my first queen-sized quilt is FINISHED…and so thankful for all the help I’ve gotten along the way from my quilting mentors Laura and Johanna—without you two I wouldn’t have gotten this project finished.
The last two years have been pretty busy…with work and life but I have been slowly spending time working on hand quilting my quilt. I worked on it in Pangnirtung and even took it on the road with some of my trips I took for work…working on it in Arctic Bay, Resolute, Grise Fiord and Iqaluit.
These photos took place all over the place! It was fun to join some other like-minded quilting friends when I was in Iqaluit the summer of 2014. That’s where I met my friend Johanna who became a friend and quilting mentor.
Over the Christmas holidays I pulled my quilt out after not touching it for over 6months… I had the last 4 blocks to finish. Slowly but surely…I finished off those corner blocks. The hand-quilting stage was done of this project. (Finally after a year and 1/2 of hard work…)
I made plans to visit my friend Johanna…who had moved to Trenton, Ontario to finish up my quilt. I had no clue how to ‘square it off’, make a binding and bind a quilt. She was the one that helped me bring my quilt to the finish line.
This past weekend I was enjoying time with her while the temperatures were frigid outside!
It was so lovely to join Johanna in her quilting studio… some day I’ll have a sewing room like this…until then I’m going to join you in yours….if that’s ok!
…Johanna taught me all kinds of tricks and tips for sewing the strips for the binding together heaps faster.
So excited to cut off the excess of my quilt but also a bit worried I might mess it up after all the work that I had done so far…(But don’t worry I didn’t mess it up!)
Cutting strips 101… measure twice and cut once!
…sewing seems to be a repeat of ironing, pinning, and sewing!
…turning a few corners, and onto the finish line. Johanna had this awesome ‘new’ way of completing a binding…no hand sewing–but instead this really awesome finish with a gorgeous dark flange.
I think I spoke too soon… I had to hand sew my label on the back. It’s important step–every quilt need a label to tell it’s story.
” My first quilt… December 13, 2013- February 14, 2016. Fabric from my Gramma’s collection–with childhood clothing scraps plus my mum’s maternity dress scraps. All cutting & machine piecing done in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Hand quilted in various Nunavut communities & finished in Ontario. Quilting mentoring and support from Laura & Johanna. (Candy Store Pattern)”
The finished project… still makes me SMILE every time I see it on my bed! Things I learned were that even though the project might seem crazy large…break it up in steps and you can figure out it!
Here’s the other posts where I’ve talked about my Quilting Project: