Naive

Naive Melody by the Talking Heads has been a favorite song for years. I wanted to make another quilt using the Drunkard's Path alphabet I designed, and this lyric, "Never for money / always for love,"  emerged as a phrase I love enough to put on a quilt. I think of it as an unofficial, cheeky motto for my quilt-making. When you're a quilter, people are constantly asking you if you sell your quilts. And, well, here is my answer. 

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 pieces cut

pieces cut

 sketchbook and palette, inspired by a notebook cover

sketchbook and palette, inspired by a notebook cover

 binding, pieced with leftover squares

binding, pieced with leftover squares

 drunkard's path progress

drunkard's path progress

 pieced top in progress

pieced top in progress

 pieced top in progress

pieced top in progress

I decided to attempt matchstick quilting for the first time on this quilt. I had.... issues. In an attempt to hide, yes, I'll admit it, the puckers created by botched matchstick quilting, I decided to add lots of big stitch hand-quilting. That was two years ago. I'm still working on this quilt, slowly adding hand stitches in beautiful variagated embroidery floss. I love the look and the texture, but it's taking stinking forever. I've probably logged over 60 hours in hand stitching on this, and no end in sight. I don't know if I'll ever be officially *done* with this quilt. If I do ever finish it, I'll post updated final photos. 

 matchstick quilting detail

matchstick quilting detail

 color is off here, but you can see the hand stitches

color is off here, but you can see the hand stitches

 Full quilt, measures 57"x72", hand quilting still in progress

Full quilt, measures 57"x72", hand quilting still in progress