This quilt was a bit more complicated than I thought at first. Not only had I pinned it but I had tacked it ready for quilting as well. I took a day to get it apart and I think I will replace the batting. The original isn't good enough. Next came three days of sewing to complete the applique. All those curves take time.
I used a rayon thread for the red and green and the thread was a bit light, resulting in the bobbin thread appearing as pin pricks. I will take my textile pens and just go over these so that the light colour doesn't show.
I am very pleased with the button hole on my new machine. I can adjust the width and length and the stitch is very even. What I don't like about machine appliqueing is that to get it even you have to use a "tear away" paper stabliser. It makes a horrible mess when you remove it.
And I find that I can never get rid of it all. I know it can't be seen but it is a messy detail.
Looking through my notes I see that I started this in 2000. Only 20 years to get it finished!! The other thing I see in my notes is that it was inspired by a children's book I bought at that time. "The Quiltmaker's Gift". I still have the book on the shelf so that will go with the quilt and the book is still available.
The story goes
"When a generous quiltmaker finally agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king, but only under certain conditions, she causes him to undergo a change of heart. Each page highlights a different quilt block pattern whose name relates to the unfolding story."
As to why I didn't finish the applique I see in my notes that I was waiting to purchase a new machine that had the buttonhole stitch. The machine I had at that time wasn't able to do it and I would have had to do it all by hand. Now I have to create the quilt sandwich again and quilt it. I'm not quite sure what pattern I will choose.
(Just a note about the comments. I am finding that there is a problem with the mail delivery subsystem. I don't know if this is because there is so much traffic at this time or some other problem. I will keep trying to resolve this one.)