As I have mentioned, I am learning to hand quilt. It's going all right and I feel more confident in my stitches every day. I have been asked why on earth I would want to do such a thing, so I thought I'd share the project that will eventually be quilted: It's a "memory quilt" for Bill's mom made out of Bill's dad's old shirts.
It's still a work in progress, but here are a couple of photos. These are some of the original shirts, both whole and in pieces:
And this is a not-so-great photo I took while putting everything up on my design wall -- this is just the rectangles, before I sewed anything together:
As of today, I have most of the top stitched together. Working with these fabrics has been a huge challenge -- way more than I had anticipated. The different weights makes everything weird. Some fabrics are very thin and distort easily, so the blocks are not coming out entirely square. Whee.
I also included some portions of the shirts that show that they were once shirts (pockets, buttons, yokes) -- I like the effect, but it also threw some of the blocks out of whack.
I am afraid it's going to look a little homely when I am done with the uneven blocks and my less-than-perfect stitching, but this particular quilt is not really about style, so I think it will be okay.