My hubs kept reminding me that I told him in February that I should have his quilt done in a week. It seems that signing up for 2 online quilting bees (and doing the Sew Kitschy BOM) is a little more demanding than I anticipated. I have been trying to get my bee blocks out of the way early in the month but allergies/sinus headaches, etc. have been getting in the way. Last time he asked about his quilt, I told him that I might be able to finish it if I had a second machine because then I would have one all set up for quilting and the other could be used for piecing…..he laughed.
So anywho, here is what I have done in the meantime:
And now, are you ready? I FINISHED HUBS’ QUILT!! I’ll be honest, I hemmed and hawed for quite some time once I had it basted. I was really worried that trying to quilt such a heavy quilt was going to ruin my poor little Singer sewing machine and/or the t-shirts in his quilt. Finally, I decided to ask the lovely ladies in my traditional guild if I was just being ridiculous or if I should send the quilt out to a longarmer. Of course, one gave me a pep talk that I could do it and one agreed that t-shirt quilts were heavy and I probably should send it out. So, just as I was about to go ahead and at least make an attempt to quilt it, a third lady, LoAnne, invited me over to her house to quilt it with her on her long arm. Of course, I was over the moon. What better outcome–I still got to quilt most of the quilt myself and I quilted on a long arm machine for the very first time in my life. It was fantastic and nerve-wracking at the same time. I told Loanne that this was the most excited that I had been about the “Albatross” in forever. I loved every minute of it! Ever since I’ve been daydreaming about where I could set one up in my house (as if).
So do you want to see hubby with his quilt? Naturally, we went to take pictures of it on the park trails where he usually runs and it was a beautiful day to do so.
Each block/shirt has a special story:
Getting this finished is such a huge weight off my shoulders. I’m hoping that I will start cranking quilts out now that this one is done. My girls have reminded me that they are next in line. Of course, I have also decided to make an entry for the Michael Miller challenge–my first thought was a spinoff of pinwheels and then I saw that they already had a free quilt pattern with pinwheels. What about you? What have you been working on lately?