Friday, June 20, 2008
It's about time!
Look at what I finished sewing today!
Now I'll bet you are wondering "Jen, you are so busy chasing three kids, doing speech therapy , cooking , surfing the Internet and beating back the Clutter Monster. How the heck did you find time to make a quilt??"
Well, I will tell you how I found time to make a quilt. I um, started it when I was pregnant with Emmett and left work for early maternity leave.
Yes, this quilt has been haunting my linen closet for going on five years now. I started it so long ago when, in a rush of pregnancy-hormone driven nesting I needed to Make Something. I knew how to sew. I thought I could figure out how to make a lovely quilt for my sweet new baby. A Log Cabin quilt looked easy. Straight seams, no applique, a good place for a beginner to start.
Now, at the time, I didn't know anyone who could teach me how to assemble this. I relied on the trusty Internet. I found instructions, went to the fabric store and threw caution to the wind. The blocks went together fairly easily. I realized when I was trying to assemble the top that I could have picked better colours, but after a lot of trial and error I think I assembled my blocks in a very pleasing way. I even have a few blocks left over. The edges went pretty well. Adding the batting and the backing was frustrating, but I did it. I took the lazy way out and quilted the blanket on my sewing machine.
It was after the quilting that things started to fall apart. I tried on at least three different occasions to bind the edges, none successful. It was then that I balled up this poor blankie and banished it to the top shelf of my linen closet to think about the pain it was causing me.
Every time I Spring Cleaned this poor blanket looked at me. It wondered why I didn't finish it.
Last week I took it out and really looked at it. I checked a book out of the library on quilting. I pressed. I pinned. I spent over 4 hours over one Monday night crafting session and this afternoon hand sewing the binding down. It is wobbly. It is kind of puckered in places. It won't win any ribbons at any fairs.
It is done.
Matthew has already blessed it with spit up and Charlotte has already used it as a Princess Cape.
It is loved.
I think I have to make two more now........