Monday, June 9, 2014

Taking Advantage of the Master

Remember way back when when I decided to make a quilt for Megan? Yeah...didn't get a lot more done. Being pregnant rather dampened my enthusiasm for such projects, as well as really having no idea what I was doing.

So, what do you do when you don't know how to do it? Find someone who does. Bonus points if it's your mother-in-law who has made, I don't know, a million quilts flying in from nearly 3,000 miles away just to help you finish a quilt.

That's the reason why you came, Janet, right?

The finishing touches on Megan's quilt including cutting the back and batting, tying the quilt, and sewing up the border.

Tying it turned out to be more complicated than anticipated. We had the entire thing all tied and done when we discovered that there was a crease in the back. we untied it to straighten it out. In the process of untying, we discovered that the knot we had used came out WAY too easily. There was no way that it would last for any length of time in the possession of a four year old. So, after some internet investigation, we settled on a method that combined two different knots. And we tied it all again.

Once it was actually tied for real, Janet just whipped out the border like it was nothing. I don't know if that was how it seemed on her end, but it was way more than I could have managed without some serious instruction and way more time.

All done! I love how it turned out.

Someone else really loves it, too. That face makes it all worth the work.

Rewinding back to Saturday, Janet and I left Chris in charge of the kids (Craig took a nap) while we went to JoAnn Fabrics to buy the last bit we needed for the edge of Megan's quilt. While there, I confessed that I was wanting to make a quilt for the baby. I had the design in mind already, and it all centered around a particular fabric that I didn't actually know if it existed or not. Despite Janet's stories of the downfalls of going to the fabric store with something too specific in mind...we found the exact fabric that I had been picturing. It was fate. And of course, such fate then requires walking through the entire store to find all the complimentary fabrics, sitting at a table for a good thirty minutes or more measuring and planning the entire quilt, then another twenty minutes standing in the cutting line to get all the fabrics cut and then purchased.

Before we had left, Chris made me promise that we would come back. We did come back, but the three and a half hours we were gone were a far cry longer than he had anticipated originally.

But! We came home with everything we needed to make the baby's quilt. We washed and ironed the fabrics first.

And then because Janet is amazing, she made the entire quilt in two days. Seriously. Cut all the strips, sewed the top panel together, attached the back, and then quilted it all together.

 Disclaimer: Still back-posting. This is dated Tuesday, June 9... Amanda came and the quilt was actually finished on Wednesday the 10th. Gotta preserve my blogging honesty for posterity.

Done and done. And adorable. I can't help but picture a tiny newborn in nothing but a white onesie laying in the middle of that quilt. 10 weeks to go!

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