This is not the first time this quilt has shown up here, but it’s a pretty epic finish for me, as well as a very special gift, so I hope you don’t mind me sharing it again for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival! This quilt was on display for almost two months at my guild’s quilt exhibit and there were a few questions that consistently came up, so I though I’d share them my answers with you here, along with the whole start to finish journey of this quilt.
All the Half Square Triangles
1) How long did this take you? I worked on it for 18 months. But it was fairly sporadic at points and there were months when I didn’t touch it at all, so how many hours- I have no idea. A lot. See next question.
The Blocks come together
The Quilt Top
2) How many stitches do you think are in there? Well, for the machine piecing/binding and the hand binding, again, no idea. But since the quilting was one design repeated 16 times, I could measure the quilting of one block and then do some math. Turns out, there are roughly 3,696 inches of hand quilting in this and I averaged 5.5 stitches per inch in the quilting, which brings the grand total to 20,328 stitches, give or take.
The Finished Quilt
3) How much would that cost? To borrow from the good folks at Mastercard, “There are some things in life money can’t buy, for everything else…” and, no, I don’t accept Mastercard. 20,000 hand stitches is my way of saying I love you. Really love you. It’s not for sale.
The very best part, giving it away
Thanks for sharing the journey with me. I’m happy to say this quilt is finally in it’s new home (you may have noticed it was a little overdue if you read the label with the wedding date closely) and it really was wonderful to be able to give something so special to my friend Megan. She has been a pretty incredible friend to me since our very first day of college when we moved into the same tiny dorm room together, worth every stitch.
If you’re interested in voting, I’m entering this in the hand quilting category. I’m also entering a quilt in the baby quilts category, you can check that quilt out here. Enjoy the festival!