There is clearly something in my temperament that makes me suited for hobbies that most people would consider slightly obsessive and insane,* or at the very least extremely labour intensive.
I hand-sew anything I can, create historical clothing that involves massive amounts of engineering, insist on buying my furniture second-hand so that I can take it apart and re-finish or re-cover it with a finish or fabric I like, and finally, make Hawaiian quilts.
Hawaiian quilts (at least the proper hand-sewn ones) are quite possible one of the the most labour intensive quilts out there. First a stylised pattern, symmetrical across four quarters and usually representing a plant or something else in nature, is basted and appliqued to the base fabric. Then the top, batting, and bottom fabric are all quilted together with little tiny hand-quilting stitches that mirror the lines of the pattern.
Even if I work at it pretty much non-stop, it takes me about 6 months just to make 1 baby quilt. If I have it as a nice hand sewing project on the side…well…let’s just say I have to start a quilt long before anyone thinks of having a baby!
I’m not brave enough yet to make a full size quilt, so far I have confined myself to pillows and baby quilts.
Anyway, (finally getting to the finished project), here is the quilt I finished this time last year:
The pattern is based on a pineapple, which I am very fond of.
I tried a ‘new’ quilting technique with this quilt – the stitching inside the pineapples looks like the pattern on a pineapple, rather than following the contours of the applique.
I use wool batting or organic cotton and bamboo batting, for a medium loft and an old-fashioned feel.