When I had last worked on my quilt top for the Hand Pieced Quilt Along, I had discovered that I was going to be just shy of having enough of the white print fabric for the quilt's borders. I had used the same white print all throughout my quilt blocks as well as the sashing strips. But when it came time to cut the border strips, I only had enough left to cut three of the four strips needed. So, I had to come up with a plan.
I went back to the fabric store where I had originally purchased the white print from (ahem...over a year ago) and of course could not find any more of that particular fabric. While there I bought a 'back up plan' fabric to use if I could not track down the original. I considered changing the borders to a different color, maybe a blue or a gray, but I didn't think I would like the look of that. And so, I began a hunt online trying to find a quarter yard cut of the white print. After an afternoon of searching, I thought I had found the print, and so I ordered it. When it arrived in the mail, it was a similar print...but not the one. I had wasted the better part of April trying to track down a small piece of fabric to finish this quilt. I decided to go ahead with my fabric purchased as a back up. This is the fabric you see in the photo above. I decided that ultimately the scale of the white print and the shade of white was similar enough that it was just going to have to do.
The last week of this month found me hurriedly stitching the border strips to my quilt top. I found time again to stitch the borders on while at the library one evening while my boys were at youth group. I think this has become my favorite public place to work on projects. It's so quiet. I found a cozy little corner and set myself up for an evening of stitching.
Thankfully, the borders went super quickly. In just a few short evenings, I was finished with the top of the quilt. At one point this month, I thought I would not be able to meet the April 30th deadline for the Hand Pieced Quilt Along. I felt I had wasted time trying to hunt down the matching fabric. But, as usual, it all worked out in the end. I often tell people that the only time quilting mistakes are obvious is when you are working on them and your quilt is eighteen inches from your face. When a quilt is finished and laid out on a bed or hung on a wall, the mistakes we had seen are not as noticeable. This month I needed to listen to my own advice.
So here it is all finished. Well, the quilt top that is. Now to pair it up with some batting and a backing and get to work quilting this little quilt. I think it will make a nice table topper or wall hanging when I am all finished.
I really enjoyed the process of hand piecing, and I will certainly be looking for other small projects to piece by hand. I liked that this project was transportable and that I could also be working on it alongside my family while we watched a movie or took a car trip. Making this small quilt truly made me appreciate the work that would go into piecing a bed-sized quilt by hand....and probably caused me to love my sewing machine just a little bit more!