Fast forward to February 2015 when I was invited to participate in a mini quilting retreat organized by a friend. I packaged up my Fire & Ice project (and a few others) and managed to complete all the paper pieced rows, quilt top assembly and even removed all off the paper backing! Once again I lost momentum as I contemplated how best to quilt it.
|Quilt Top Complete and Ready for Quilting|
Fast forward again to this past April 2017, when I won a gift certificate for customized Quilting by Marcia Wachuta of Marcia's Crafty Sewing & Quilting, as part of the Project Quilting Grand Prize drawing. Marcia has been a long time sponsor and participant in Project Quilting challenges, so I've had numerous opportunities to see examples of her amazing quilting over the years, and was excited to see her work her quilting magic on my Fire & Ice quilt top. I sent Marcia a picture of the quilt top and shared some of my original ideas for quilting: snowflakes and flames. Marcia loved the flames idea and suggested multiple thread changes to match the fabric gradation. And with that I went to work removing the few lines of stitching I had managed to complete, pressing my quilt top and backing and packaging it all to send off to Marcia. Once the quilting was complete, Marcia sent me several pictures via email and I was just in awe! Wow! Wow!! WOW!!!
|Amazing Quilting by Marcia Wachuta|
|Finishing Touches, Many Thanks to My Fellow Quilters|
|Cool Stalagmites and Hot Stalactites with Gorgeous Quilting!!|
Finally, after 4+ years of on and off progress, and lots of help along the way from my fellow quilters, my Fire & Ice is complete! The only decision left to make is whether to hang it in my studio where I can admire it as I work or in the front foyer where it will welcome all who enter.
|"Fire & Ice", Finishes 46" x 54"|