It all started 5 years ago while I was living in Jakarta, Indonesia. My BFF, Kate, came to visit me and we took a trip to Bali.
|Kate and Kate in Ubud, Bali|
I picked up this quilt top for my mom:
|I am glad I didn't have to piece all of those HSTs.|
I really like batik, and it's everywhere in Indonesia. Batik clothes aren't really my style, but I thought a quilt would be nice. I also thought it would be an easy thing to bring home.
Apparently quilting is a time consuming process, and my mom doesn't quilt. So the quilt top has been folded over a rocking chair for the last few years, and I forgot about it until a couple weeks ago.
Now it's here, and I'm very excited to finish it, but I'm not sure what to do.
For a start, it's synthetic. It's also not pieced very accurately, but I don't want to take it apart. I really don't want to ruin it. I've never seen batik like this outside of Indonesia.
It's hard to tell from the photos, but there is some shimmer in it as well.
My plan is to hand quilt it (it's a whopping 84 x 100).
Has anyone out there quilted with synthetics? I've looked online, and I read that hand quilting is "not recommended." Tying seems to be the popular choice for polyester quilt tops, but I don't really want to do that. I'm also not sure what's wrong with hand quilting.... if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears!
Linking with Nini & the Sea, and hoping for some weekly inspiration :)