A Perfect Day to Hand SewPosted: March 19, 2022
When I started work on my latest and most intricate Quilt in June I thought the busy part of my year was behind me. I had spent months helping my parents pack and move from multiple houses, which required me to also run an estate sale. I really wanted to work on a project that brought me peace, creativity and happiness. The tiny stars were the most time consuming thing I have ever done, but I just plugged away. They took me well into September to make the majority of, but I thought I was well on my way.
Then life and death got in the way. Quilting projects are so low on the priority list. I still kept at it as it is a good form of therapy between planning memorial services and teaching Mah Jongg. Sometime in November I finally finished the quilt top. I took it to my wonderful long arm quilter Tina. My very intricate quilt with custom designed quilting was in a long line of projects she had to do.
While I waited I knocked out a Christmas present quilt for my sister and called Tina and asked if that quilt could take the place in-line of my stars quilt as it was a present. So that pushed this quilt back even further. Finally this week I picked it up.
I am so happy with the quilting job she did. So today I started finishing the binding, which involves hours of hand sewing. No better weekend than March Madness to sit and sew.
I was planning on watching basketball the whole time, but yesterday I started watching Yellowstone, which Carter had been telling me I would love. As usual, she was right, so I have been binging Yellowstone, sewing and following the basketball on my phone all at the same time. I almost lost it when Baylor tied it up with UNC and went into overtime. I didn’t dare turn the Chanel to the game in fear of jinxing UNC. Thankfully they won and I have completed about 65% of the binding. Tomorrow I should finish in three or four Yellowstones. The quilt will have taken ten months, but it is my favorite one, so I think it was worth it.