Last week, my friend Cynthia from It All Changes came over from her “smack in the middle of nowhere, Massachussetts” home to help put the finishing touches on my “fake” quilt. Or so she thought. Unfortunately for her, I had some other plans up my sleeve as well. They included walking to the mall to A) get some exercise in and B) to buy a new suit for a job-related activity I had the next day. I felt bad that I dragged her along for that, but it needed to get done and I’d run out of time. But don’t worry, Cynthia, my husband thanks you for going, because that means he didn’t have to!
Anyway, when we got back from the mall, we got back to work on the quilt. Unfortunately for Cynthia again, I was like a little child who’d forgotten to do her homework when I realized I had forgotten to trim the batting and material where needed, as well as pin the binding to the quilt. Oops! But once again, she was very patient with me while I did both.
Here’s Cynthia’s bag that she bought in New Hampshire that made her think of me. Sure, I don’t own a farm (or heck, even any land) but I seem like a farmer girl to someone! She brought it all full of sewing supplies for finishing my quilt and we didn’t use one.
Unfortunately ONCE AGAIN, my old, hand-me-down sewing machine was acting up that day, and Cynthia spent a bit of time trying to figure out what was making it jam.
After the binding was sewn to one side, she taught me how to pin the other side to make the complete quilt. I know she’s going to kill me for this, but I think I’ve forgotten already. Seriously, I am very slow when it comes to tasks like this, and require lots of repetition.
So here, for the most part, (with the exception of the other side binding, is my “fake” quilt. I call it that because until recently, I thought quilting was just sewing LARGE pieces of cloth together. I didn’t realize the intricacies that can go into ONE quilt block, as seen here:
Despite the fact that it’s not pretty, it is warm! I’ve already pulled it out on a cool day (yes, pins stuck in there and all, since it isn’t finished) and draped it over me. It will definitely come in hand next winter.
The quilt’s still not done, but I think self consciously I may have sabatoged my progress just to give Cynthia another reason to come over another week. I’m going to try to keep up on my homework this time!