As a longarm machine quilter who quilts for customers, I am often asked whether I get to piece any quilts for myself. Unfortunately, I don't get to make as many quilts for myself these days as I would like to. There are always some quilts floating around in my head, many of which never get made. I do usually have some piecing on the go.
The following quilt is a hand pieced quilt which is still a work in progress. In fact, it has been a work in progress for about five years, although it seems to be finally coming together. The quilt I am making is the Wheel of Fortune Quilt from the cover of Kaffe Fassett's book Caravan of Quilts. I bought the quilt as a kit some years ago which is not something I usually do but it was a quilt I fell in love with and had to have. I am hand sewing the quilt using the English paper piecing method which has made it a very portable project. In fact, the quilt has been sewn over five summer holidays to Tathra, has been to numerous Port Fairy Folk Festivals and at swimming lessons too numerous to count. When I take the project to our Wednesday evening sewing group the others just roll their eyes in disbelief that I am still working on this project.
The quilt is made in eight segments, all of which I have now completed. It has finally stopped being a portable project! All I need to do now to complete the top is to sew the segments together.
I still have all the paper pieces in the back - I can't wait until the day I will be able to remove them all - which will be another huge task. The paper pieces were purchased from the Lizard of Oz who have an incredible range of shapes ready for cutting out.
Will I finish this quilts this year? Probably not.. What will I work on during my summer holiday now? The next question will be how to quilt this - but that can wait a while. Do you have any projects that have been on the go for this long?