I am always very confident that I can achieve anything when it comes to sewing. So I said "Sure. No problem. It will take me about 6-8 weeks max." Wow, was I ever wrong! Just over one year later I had the pleasure of passing over this quilt to my VERY patient, understanding friend. Honestly, I can say that it felt like I was giving a part of me away with it. After one year, I had grown pretty attached.
If you are not familiar with the word "Delft", you may recognize it when you see it. Delft Pottery is known for it's blue and white hand painted images and symbols. It originates from Delft in the West Netherlands. You may have seen it in antique stores, in your grandparents home or even your parents home in the form of Dutch wooden shoes, windmills, or tableware.
Even though Delft has a very antique feel to it, the direction and feel for the Delft quilt was to be "european-hotel chic." It had to be "delft" without be too over the top. The quilt's eventual home would be my friend's guest bedroom entitled "The Holland Room".
The fabric for this quilt was purchased from several sources. Some were purchased from various shops on Etsy, including one shop located in Holland. Others were sourced locally. In total 1256 pieces were cut for the quilt. These pieces were assembled into 224 squares, which made up the entire top of the quilt
The next challenge I faced was quilting the entire surface of the king sized quilt with my little ol' sewing machine. About the same time I was figuring this out, Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Frannson!, guest wrote a tutorial for The Modern Quilt Guild. It was extremely helpful in getting started. Even though I did eventually need to adapt it to my own technique, I am forever grateful for this tutorial.
Another big "Thank YOU!" to my clients that were patiently waiting for me to finish this quilt to start their project.
Days before I handed over the The Olde Stone House Delft quilt to Shawn, it snowed that beautiful type of snow that sits just so gently on the branches of bare trees. I couldn't help but resist to take photo fo the quilt with the snow. (Don't worry, there is another blanket under the quilt to protect it)