I definitely have no problem starting new projects. The problem is always in finishing them. Anyone else with me on that? Luckily for anything work-related, there are deadlines, which means things do get finished. But for things not tied to work, they may sit in WIP limbo for…I don’t know…a long time…maybe even indefinitely in some situations. This is why finishing anything from the non-work pile can feel like a major victory. My recent Pickle Hawaiian finish is just one of those victories. Not to mention that it was finished and gifted to the recipient on time! (I know, crazy…)
For anyone familiar with Denyse Schmidt’s Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration, you may recognize this design from there. It’s the Hawaiian-Style Appliqué project, a quilt that I wanted to make the second I saw it.
The design is totally enticing.
It’s very much an homage to Hawaiian-style quilts, the very genre that got me interested in appliqué, but with a fresh twist to it.
In my version, I used Kona Pickle for the appliqué and my own grey Ledger print from Architextures in the background. I easily could have debated on this decision, but I knew this combo would be just right.
Interestingly enough, I took a picture at the start of this project, which means I know exactly how long I worked on it. (I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing…)
It was back in March 2015 that I started this guy, which really isn’t that long ago when I think about it. It felt like longer–not in a bad way–but mostly because this design takes awhile to get around all of the parts. I often thought about how many inches/feet/yards/miles it is around all of these edges. But for this reason, it’s also such a good project. It was the one thing that I could always take with me and not have to worry about finishing.
This project has been the one constant in my traveling Nest Egg Tote over the last year, and since finishing it, my tote has felt a little empty without it.
Once I started getting close to the end, I realized that it would be a great gift for my new nephew. The design is super striking, which could make for some good kiddo portraits, plus the palette felt appropriate for a new little boy…but not too limiting either. Both good things in my mind.
Once I knew the recipient (and that the end was near), I decided on the backing and binding–both from Doe.
The quilting is super simple…and soft. It’s a series of big-stitch hand quilted lines in all of the yellow thread in my stash. (The different shades aren’t super noticeable.)
And then there’s even some Euclid in the label.
As I finished this guy up, I started to wonder if I should keep it. I noticed a perfect spot on my wall while doing the hand quilting, but, no, he’ll like it. And there will be more quilts to make.