Meet the Guilt Quilt. I made it for my mom to replace the first one, which she literally loved to pieces. This was her Christmas gift.
My brother Taylor and I nicknamed it The Guilt Quilt because at the time it was given to our mother, she had made quilts for just about every person she ever met--and two for Taylor--but none for me! The joke went that perhaps she would feel guilty upon receiving it, and finally make a quilt for me. For my birthday last month, I finally got my quilt, and she totally upstaged me! But that is for another post.
Anyway, this quilt is a slightly updated take on a classic pattern called Flying Dutchman. One of my favorite things about traditional patchwork is the history and significance of naming. (It reminds me a bit of how people named and identified constellations: imaginatively, and with much creative license.) The Flying Dutchman is a folktale detailed here and here, essentially about a ghost ship damned to sail the seas forever. Each block represents the ship's eternal journey, or ocean waves I suppose. Either way, it's a great geometric interpretation of folklore.
I used the folded flying geese technique to construct the blocks. Each center pinwheel is edgestitched (using a Bernina #10 foot) to create a curved seam without curved piecing! Because of the extra layers and because I used a home dec weight twill for the backing, this is a fairly heavy quilt.
The entire thing is free motion quilted, and I admit I cheated and used the Bernina Stitch Regulator. I have mixed feelings about the BSR, but it came down to this: I needed to finish the quilt, it could not be quilted any way but free motion because of the dimensionality, and I did not have time to warm up every time I sat down to quilt! The binding was finished by hand at 2am, followed by a quick rest, followed by the drive south to celebrate Christmas with my family. I am a last-minute kind of person.
(Note awesomely bad bathroom paint job courtesy of a previous tenant! At first appalling, it soon became a funny joke and is now the first thing we show guests: Come look at the bathroom, you won't believe it!)