There comes a time when a person just can't face another baby quilt, even if there are still two left in the ToQuilt pile. And face another UFO? Again? In January? I have a 3/4 quilted quilt that is waiting for attention sitting right next to the machine, but I couldn't deal with it either. I needed something new. I needed something different. And I had just the thing.
Back in November, I heard of a call for entry that ends January 31. I knew immediately what I wanted to do for it, even going so far as buying about 30 yards of fabric to facilitate the process. But then Christmas loomed and I slipped in the mud and all that fabric sat in the bag, languishing. I finally began washing it about 10 days ago. Then I cut 6" strips from each piece, and they waited and waited and waited for the next step.
I cut the fabrics with freeform curves, and lay them carefully in order, so that sewing them together would be effortless.
My vivid imagination tells me that I can finish the quilting, trim it, bind it, label it, sleeve it, and bead it before January 31. Okay, so maybe I can quilt, trim, bind, and bead it. Or some of the above, by the deadline.
Even if I don't make the deadline, I will finish the quilt. I like this one. I know, I know, I've done a lot of ocean views lately, but I find them to be very calm, soothing, and settling, and that's just the thing to get me through January.
I have another xray scheduled for today. I have no idea what to expect, but the foot is still quite swollen, and sometimes it hurts. I am scared to take the boot off, so I kind of think it's not quite healed. I guess I'll know, soon enough. Until then, I need to quilt faster! Quilt faster! :)
Vicki Thomas, friend, artist and writer
1 week ago