Coast to Coast with Confidence

In one of those moments when the universe says, “Just get on with it,” the quilt I absolutely, positively had to finish was the one with the heron. I’ve called the quilt Coast to Coast, and it was just the confidence boost I needed.

Quilted, bound, and labeled

My foot still doesn’t like to be down for any length of time, but I had to change threads often for this quilt. What under ordinary circumstances would have been discouraging turned out to be practical – thirty minutes with my foot down, ice and rest, repeat. Even with all the thread changes, the quilting went much faster than I expected.

The dreaded heron and the many quilting threads

I also made a feature out of a bug by using yellow thread around the center of the flowers. My original intent was merely to hide the little boo-boo when the yellow meandered over the black, but I like it better this way.

The pattern called for one tree and a house, but I made three trees representing the palm trees, deciduous trees, and pine trees that can be found together on every street in my town.

This quilt was years in the making, since I was afraid to make the appliqued heron, nervous about changing the pattern, and concerned that I really couldn’t put all three Row By Row kits together to make a coherent piece. Furthermore, I was truly terrified that my injury wouldn’t let me get back in the sewing room at all, much less in time to finish the quilt for the guild Unfinished Quilt Challenge. Because of my fears, once I got started Coast to Coast became a huge confidence builder.

Luck and wisdom!

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4 Responses to “Coast to Coast with Confidence”

  1. heyjami Says:

    Oh I love it! Turned out beautiful. I haven’t gotten to the thread-changing portion of my quilting career yet. I’m a thread rebel. LOL. I like the centers with gold too. Missed you at our meeting! I’ll see you on Saturday, right?

  2. Elaine Schmitz Says:

    Great assortment of quilts. I was on a roll finishing my old projects when my sewing machine went on the fritz. Guess I’ll take the repair time to finish my open writing projects!

  3. chris ludke Says:

    The quilts are beautiful!
    About your foot, do you soak it in cool water with Epsom salt? That’s what I used when I strained my foot. It helps.

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