Monday, December 3, 2012

Hand Quilted Whole Cloth

Seven years ago when my daughter and my son-in-law became engaged I started designing this quilt for them. Having just moved to Montpellier in the south of France, I was influenced by the quilts and linens I saw there, in particular by the lovely boutis quilts. At the time, my knowledge of boutis was quite limited, so I borrowed the look and some of the motifs used in boutis and adapted them to this whole cloth hand stitched quilt.

The heart is one of the symbols used in wedding quilts.

Five years ago, when they got married, the quilt was no where near being completed, but it was well on it's way. Four years ago, when my husband and I stopped spending winters in France, I moved the quilt to Vancouver. (The summers are much too hot where we live in France for lap quilting.)

The section in the hoop shows the border that I am currently working on. There are 3 rows of border motifs.

Sadly since then, because other things always seem to take priority, I have spent very little time on the quilt. I love to hand quilt, and I tend to look at time spent quilting as a decadent pleasure, so often it gives way to something that seems more like work. (A bit warped - I know!)

All of the empty space between the motifs will be stitched into narrow channels,  imitating the background pattern found in traditional boutis.

But now, I am determined to finish the quilt. There is still a lot of stitching to do and there are always other obligations that have to take priority, but my goal is to spend a minimum of 10 hours each week at this quilt and make some substantial progress this winter. Realistically, the 10 hour minimum will not happen until after Christmas, but I will post my progress each week. Stay tuned!