I have just a few quilting friends here in Romania but they are good friends. I met them years ago and since then we share the passion for quilting.
I still have the first message Sanda sent me back in 2005. Silvia and Ortansa live in the same town and they visited me a few years later. Mihaela was my first Romanian customer. Ela is an old friend, we shared a lot while we were part of a larger Romanian group, a few years ago.
Life is busy for us all and we don’t meet often. But last year we spent 2 days together (Sanda couldn’t be with us) and after that, we decided to make a group quilt.
So I chose a design I made some time ago. I loved it but I thought that I will never make it; it is one of those projects that you don’t even want to start it because you are sure you can’t finish it.
The whole quilt was English paper pieced. We never met while we made this quilt. Sanda and Mihaela stitched for the first time hexagons. There was a lot of stuff sent back and forth.
We had to cut fabric for each paper template – some were big and easy to baste; some were a nightmare.
After a lot of work, we all were anxious to see this – the first time the quilt started to take shape. Then we started to stitch the pieces together.
We added row after row.
This is the center of the sphere and Silvia.
- Here there are 10 yards of Kona cotton fabric; the sphere measures 80 inches.
The back – inspiration for a new design – but in another life!
The initial thought was to applique the sphere onto a plain background. Then a second thought was that it would be nice to have a hexagon background; then of course, is not fun to make hexies in just one color, so we chose to make a scrappy hexagon background.
We all like the scrappy look very much.
10 yards of fabric again for this scrappy background; these were 1.25” hexagons; about 1100.
Then there was a lot of work to applique the sphere onto the background.
9 persons stitched this, but I think it looks like it was stitched by one quilter. It measures 100” x 100”.
- The back with all the paper templates.
Then the hardest part was to remove the basting thread and the paper templates – it took us only 2 days.
Finally, ready for quilting! I couldn’t take a better picture, the quilt is as large as the largest room in my house!
And some details.
I started the quilting.
We stitched on this project for 3 months.
I am grateful that my friends made this quilt their first priority, in spite of their busy lives. We stitched often at 2 AM! Words are not enough to thank them for all the time and patience they put in making this project.
I am grateful that my sisters helped us – they are not quilters and quilting is not exactly their hobby! But they love to make beautiful things and of course, they love to help me with everything I need.
My hubby must be relieved that the quilt is almost finished; maybe I will cook more often now.
Some of you asked if the pattern for this quilt is available; NO, I don’t have a pattern and I don’t think I will write it in the future (I should make a new quilt!).
But I have a few similar designs (and different techniques), click here to see my patterns.
We hope you like this quilt too.
Now to quilt it!