Since the Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain is still being quilted, I thought you might like to see one of the other quilts that I have been slowly working on. I made the top last year during the Very Hard Summer, and finally got it pinned a few weeks ago. I did some basic straight line machine quilting and now I am putting one sunny yellow tie in the middle of each square.
Surprisingly, tying is pretty time consuming. You would think it would be so much faster than quilting… you know, “Oh, I’ll just throw a few ties on there and it’ll be done,” but in fact it’s a pretty slow and laborious process and something you have to enjoy for it’s meditative qualities. I definitely enjoy tying quilts, although I only do it if (a) I think the quilt would just be less without it, or (b) I am okay with the quilt taking a very long time to get done.
This particular quilt is going to be in my studio for that extra bright vintage-y cheerfulness that I love, especially as summer approaches.
I’m only about 1/3 of the way done so far, but I keep chipping away at it, one tie at a time. It is very wonky, but I’m okay with that. It was a quilt I needed to make at the time, and I didn’t need it to be perfect. I just needed to sew those bright pink poppy flowers together and forget about everything else for awhile.
Do you quilt? Do you like tying or stitching better?