I was reading through the comments and saw a comment from Maggie at Making a Lather. She had added a link to her blog sharing her challenge project. She happened to be making her Roll, Roll Cotton Boll quilt.
That got me thinking back to when I made mine. I gotta say, it is hands down my favorite quilt as far as “making it” goes. It’s my favorite mystery quilt for sure. I’ve been doing them since Carolina Christmas.
I am a process girl. I LOVE the process of making a quilt even more than I love the finished quilt. Kelli and I both are process girls. I think that’s one of the reasons we so freely give quilt away. We got our main enjoyment from the quilts…now someone else can enjoy them.
So what did I enjoy about it so much??THE STRINGS!
Previous to this quilt, I had not made a string quilt. I made mine as it was being released by Bonnie Hunter as a the “mystery quilt” back in 2010. I vividly remember her releasing this clue. I remember being frustrated with the clue. I even documented my frustration way back here in this blog post. I read that now and I laugh right out loud. I’ve grown so much. To be honest, string quilts are some of my favorite. They can hide some really hideous fabrics, they can give a quilt “motion”, they use up small pieces…ah, now I think what is not to love about the string process. It’s so easy…no thought…no twisting or turning a piece. It’s the process I love and have now to even come to love making them on the treadle.
I do love the colors of the quilt…
One day Kelli and were in my sewing room. I was going through piles of quilts…I was making a stack of quilts I thought I would give away. Kelli picked up Roll Roll Cotton Boll and I quickly and immediately said NO. No way was that one going in the giveaway pile. I think this quilt for me was part of the turning point.
From here I started choosing harder quilts. From here I opened myself to trying new things…like a pieced border or the strings. From here I learned that neutrals weren’t boring.
I also learned that all of you are great group of people to ask advice from. I learned that you guys are FULL of knowledge and willing to share your experiences.
See how I lost my point in my quilt? I asked readers for help with that and you all gave the BEST advice. I don’t do this anymore.
I LOVE this quilt….I like the design but more than that I love the quilt for it’s large part of growing me into the quilter I am today. Do you have a quilt that you feel this way about? Are you a process girl or an end product girl? I’d love to read your thoughts on this.