December 15th 2013
Well honestly, I thought it might help me a little but you have all given me the kick I needed and I have both worked hard on and actually enjoyed working on the purple quilt in the past week. Thank you all so much for giving me many different reasons for completion, thank you for all the compliments which have spurred me on and for just making what seemed impossible achievable.
I feel I owe you a bit of an explanation as to why this has seemed such an uphill battle which also will answer your queries about the design. I started off with the central wreath and then decided that I wanted to make the quilt choc-a-bloc full of flowers. I do indeed “fly by the seat of my pants” and the quilt dictates to me as I go along. This means that it has told me to put in even more mimosa, even more flowers and finally (this week to come) a whole band of red poppies in each corner. I find that it’s all about balance but with this quilt I didn’t know that it would dictate to me to repeat all the most fiddly flowers, and so much more of them than I thought at the outset. I called it “Purple Monster” as that is how someone referred to it in an email recently and it made me laugh. I know I will love it once it is finished, or at least finished and put away for a week or so. I know I’ll enjoy the quilting and embroidery and I think I will bind it with a wavy bright red binding. I think I will have finished the applique by the end of this month, thanks to all of you and so I feel very optimistic. In fact I think after calling a previous quilt quilt “Euphoria” that I might just call this one “Joy” without even so much as a hint of irony. Thank you all and Happy Christmas in case I don’t get to post in the next few days because I am so busy appliqueing poppies!