I have a friend who recently found out that I quilted. She was so excited and asked me if I could finish a vintage quilt that she had. I normally don't take on "special" projects, people expect to much and I really don't like to disappoint them. I told her my concerns and she said that she didn't really have a huge emotional attachment to the quilt and would just like to see it finished. With that, I took on the project.
This was the most uneven, unsquare quilt that I have ever had to work with. (Even my first quilt was not this bad.) As I quilted I had to deal with pucker after pucker, the whole time fearing my friend would hate the finished quilt. I was also not happy with the way the quilting was going, but just keep working, there really was no turning back. After I took it off the frame, I still hated this quilt. After sewing on the binding i was still unsettled with the project. I threw it in the wash, set it to the hottest water temp, and crossing my fingers. I pulled it out of the wash and this is what happened. . .
AMAZING! The hot water shrunk the quilt in all the right places, the puckers disappeared and it looks like an old vintage quilt, used and loved for many year. I now love this quilt and am very sad that i have to give it to my friend tomorrow. Secretly i hope that she hates it, thows it at me and says she never wants to see it again but unfortunately i know that she is going to fall in love with it just like i did.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I'm not a big leftover fan. My fridge is full of leftovers. Leftover cans of soda, leftover dinners and yes, leftovers that have been there way to long and are unrecognizable. Problem is I make a meal, we eat and then we always have some left. But it is that weird bit left, not enough for a whole meal but just enough that I feel really guilty throwing it away. So they get put in a container and unfortunately just sit in the fridge, until this happens.
Yes you can say ew now. And mind you this doesn't happen often. . but yes ever now and again.
I have to admit that this bad habit/leftover situation has grown into other aspects of my life. See, I made my sister an AMAZING quilt for Christmas, full of C-R-A-Z-Y fabric, however as it goes I ended up with a little bit of leftover fabric. At first you would think, "hey that's not bad Nicole, you like fabric and you will use it." That's true but this fabric was really C-R-A-Z-Y and I really didn't know where I would use this little amount I had left, until this quilt. Yep the last of the C-R-A-Z-Y fabric was actually used up. Glad this leftover looks better then the other.