Here is the sweet mystery quilt I talked about in the last post!
I finished up the binding during a sew day with a good friend & somehow managed to sew on the binding while holding Teapot. (Granted it took about 4 hours, but I still got it sewn!)
So here’s the story of this quilt (I honestly can’t remember if I’ve shared this, so here it is again.)
I picked quilting back up while living in Alaska right after getting married & right before J deploying (circa 2006). I spent the bulk of his taking classes & having a permanent quilting retreat in our dining room- you know just making the best of the situation.
During that time I discovered the quilting groups on YahooGroups (ahhh, YahooGroups, life before Facebook groups!) One group I joined hosted mystery quilts throughout the year & I knew they were going to have one over Christmas. This seemed like a great idea in October, before J had come home & I picked out my fabric (completely from stash!). Then J came home, then Thanksgiving happened, then it was Christmastime & somehow life exploded into us hosting a wine tasting on Christmas Eve & then Christmas dinner for anyone & everyone who didn’t have a place. (Side note here, this is the aspect of military life I love- the impromptu family gatherings where one person/family creates a homey atmosphere with an open invitation. I still remember who came to that dinner & the coziness that filled our home. One couple is now married with a little baby, another friend lives near us & we still see her regularly, another woman we haven’t kept up with her, but I think about her.)
Ok, back to the quilt story, so we had a lot going on between the Christmas Eve wine tasting & Christmas dinner complete with turkey & me being me of course, still wanted to participate in this mystery quilt! So between cleaning, cooking & being social, I pieced this quilt as the clues were released. Needless to say I was exhausted at the end of the weekend & I had to go back to work on the 26th (I was working in Finance at the time & I swear all major holidays fall at the beginning of month-end or the end of month-end!) & then it just sat as a flimsy (unquilted top) for years!! This was partly because I had one block turned wrong & it needed to be fixed & I was too distracted with other things to make that change & partly because I had grand custom quilting plans.
But now we’re here & my studio is small & I really need to make some space so I decided to quilt it with an edge to edge design (popcorn!) & move on. This decision was incredibly freeing! It gave me the motivation to switch that one block around & pop the quilt on the frame & get it done! In the end I must say, having it done is much better than waiting to come up with the “perfect” custom quilting design & the Popcorn design adds to the sweetness of this quilt.
The timing of coming to this realization & finishing this quilt seemed to be almost kismet. My friend that joined me on that sew day knew a midwife who was gathering supplies to take with her to Haiti. The timing couldn’t have been better & it serves to remind me that things do happen in time for their own reasons.