Tada! After 3.5 years, the Mendocino Mermaid Improv Quilt is finished!
I originally made this quilt top in 2012, as part of a Dresden ruler challenge. There is even a tutorial for this improv piecing, which is made using dresden rulers. I know some people have a hard time with improv piecing–this is controlled improv piecing, if you will.
The quilt top has sat for a few years. I loved the colors.
I loved the fabrics (including the Heather Ross mermaids and swimming sisters, several years after they were released and several years before the reprint. Funny that fabric can become rare and precious, eh?) But I didn’t love the finished quilt top. The proportion of the borders were wrong, and what is worse, they were wonky. So the finished quilt top, backing, batting, and MATCHING purple thread sat in a bin for a few years.
My new quilt guild, the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild (on IG as @saltlakemqg) has a “finish your works in progress” challenge going right now, and for whatever reason, it has inspired me to pull out all sorts of old projects and work on them.
A few weeks ago, I realized that I hated the borders, so I chopped them off. And you know what? It took me a weekend to baste, bind, and quilt the quilt after that. I did a spiral quilting, which I think works on this quilt. Spiral quilting is one of those where the individual lines don’t have to be perfect for the overall result to work!
Do you have any long term WIPs? Pull them out, and determine what it is that is holding you back from finishing them. Chop off a border. Add new fabrics to the mix (I am sharing a triangle quilt next week where I did just that). Sell or share or donate a quilt top that just doesn’t inspire you. Finish it up or give it away, that is my new motto.
P.S. In case you are interested in the tutorial (screenshot shown below), it can be found here.