Well, my Lucy’s Terrace quilt is finally finished! I started it nearly 2 years ago, and it’s been my quilt to work on here and there, as inspiration struck, my quilt with no deadline. This was my quilt that made me realise that fussy cutting is a slow process for me. Quilts run smooth and fast (as fast as EPP goes) in my world when I can cut a million pieces at once from strips or scraps, baste in one or 2 long basting sessions, and then sew them together at random. This is not one of those quilts. But that doesn’t make it a terrible experience, just one where I have to give myself permission let the quilt choose it’s pace and walk along side it. There’s definitely something exciting about a quilt made fast with a tail wind of motivation driving you along. But there’s something incredibly satisfying about holding a slow quilt, knowing every part of it well, feeling a great sense of accomplishment.
I made this quilt entirely from Maureen Cracknell’s Soulful collection. My first version of thsi quilt was made for Free Spirit, with each block, a seperate little feature of each designer’s new collection for that year. It was bright and colourful and a little clashy. So I wanted this one to feel more like lace doilies and pearls and velvet and crystal glasswear. I’m not sure why, it’s just a feeling that spoke to me when I decided to make this quilt again, and Maureen’s collection popped up in my feed. I think the fussy cutting and the vintage block design was calling to me for a more classic, detailed feel. And I think this collection was perfect for it.
I backed the quilt with a beautiful woven fabric from Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous 2. I ordered several yards last year on special and I’ve been backing anything that goes with it! I hand quilted diagonally through the joining squares, and then again through the centre of the blocks. And then used an Amy Sinibaldi print from Dollhouse for binding. It’s all SO SOFT! I love it. I’m so glad to have it in my home as a quilt, rather than locked away in a tub on my WIP shelf.
The Lucy’s Terrace and EPP kit are available here!