Back in June of this year I wrote about finishing up this quilt top. I put it on the pile of things that needed to be quilted and, quite frankly, proceeded to forget about it.
Along came the KAQG retreat and, while trolling for things to bring with me, up popped this little quilt top. Into the basket of things to do, while away, went this funny little quilt top along with safety pins for basting, black batting, black backing and binding fabric and black thread. I even brought to retreat my sewing machine that does great quilting rather than my usual travel machine.
Piece of cake, right?
Once I started basting the quilt sandwich together all my negative feelings about this quilt came out with a vengeance. My poor applique technique, my inability to center the central house block, the unevenness of the border fabrics and my inability to keep the instructions with the quilt pieces all came together to make me one grumpy girl.
Why should I put any time into making a quilt with such bad vibes?
Ever a Pollyanna, I decided to make this an exercise in improving my quilting technique.
I don't know if my quilting technique has gotten any better but this is how it all came out:
Since my hands have not been working very well I did not attempt to do any fancy feathers but I did add some fun things to the quilting. In each of the blocks with the hearts I quilted in the names of dogs I have loved, my family members, cats I have tolerated, people that have lived with me who aren't family members and lots and lots of little hearts.
I am now in love with this quilt as, even though it is poorly made, it will bring a smile to my face when I see it and think about all the names memorialized in it. Before it was done I was intending to give it to the dogs for their collection but now I think I may hang it on the wall where I can see it every time I go up the stairs to do some sewing just to remind me that a crappy quilt can be saved with just a little imagination.
And, just for some fun, this is how the bath tub/dogs' bed looks like when I go to wake the dogs up in the morning.
What? No dogs! Where did they go?
This particular morning Alex finally poked out his nose from under all the pillows and quilts he prefers to sleep under to see if I was serious about getting them up for a run outside. I had to go digging for Kelis as she wasn't ready to get active yet.
With the cold weather coming, I hope you and yours are as cozy and warm as Alex and Kelis are very night. If a quilt would make that happen for you, let me know. I could always send you another of my crappy quilts....whenever I get the next one done.