I had not hand quilted a quilt this large with this much quilting on it before, but since I didn't have to worry about marking it and what design to do it went really fast. I found that quilting a quilt top with a sparse pattern and lots of open space is so much fun because you get it in your hoop and off you go. There isn't a lot of stopping and starting. I think someday I really want to hand quilt a whole cloth quilt.
I love the bright colors Aunt Mary used in this quilt. I am assuming it was a kit and the fabrics probably came pre selected but I don't know that for sure. I tried to follow up with the bright color theme on the back of this quilt. I found a great bright fabric that was full of tulips. This quilt really looks nice on either side of the quilt - I guess you could say it's reversible. It's a great quilt for Spring time, it really brightens up the room.
I love that this quilt is queen size. Most of the older quilts that I have acquired were square and hardly fit a double bed. This quilt top was probably made in the 60's or 70's as a guesstimate. So to make it this large was a great feat!
Every time I sit down at my machine to piece a quilt, I think of the women who pieced their quilts by hand. I know some fellow quilters still do. I attempted this once very unsuccessfully. I guess I like the built in 1/4 inch on my machine foot - that keeps me on the straight and narrow.
I feel like I'm always crammed in a "nook" (hence the name of my blog) of our house somewhere and don't have room to spread my creative wings but maybe some day I will be able to have a dedicated space to release that inner creativity. I find I love to browse other quilter's blogs and see their "studios" or work spaces, although I admit I do get jealous occasionally. However, I remind myself that perhaps that quilter started in a "nook" as I did. I also remind myself that generations of women made quilts in one room cabins and their workspace was probably a chair and a basket. We sure have come a long way!