One of my goals for this month was to put to rest this sweet 'n scrappy quilt project, one which I started back in... oh dear... July 2011? Wow. I really really gotta work on turn-around times. I think what held me back on this one was the idea that I HAD to, and could not NOT, hand-quilt it.
I think hand-quilted quilts are the ultimate. I've only ever hand-quilted. There's something about the feel and look of them that is so warm and old-timey. I just love them, needless to say. However, if I was ever going to finish this project, compromises were going to have to be made by me. Over the Christmas holidays, I re-considered machine-quilting as an option, and I have to say, it was such a relief to make that decision. There's no question: I can be extremely stubborn. But it's nice to know that when push comes to shove, I can still be flexible.
Now, I recently inherited a lovely 1973 Elna SU sewing machine (to replace Betty, my even-older White sewing machine) from my mother-in-law. It's in ship shape. It's like new in fact. She took tremendous care of it over the years. So last weekend, my husband kindly took me around to all the little sewing/quilt shops in town (he was so encouraging) and I was pleased as punch to find a walking foot for it. The walking foot (similar to this one) turns my regular sewing machine into a quilting beast. It's darn great!
You have a lovely day now. I'll be back soon!