Friday, April 18, 2008
Lessons From A Quilt
Ta-Dah! That's a Molly Bawn drum roll. An insipid little squawk I realise, but it marks a momentous occasion. I finally finished "the star quilt" for my Little Grandson. I'll be accepting pats on the back at the end of this post! I started this quilt when LG was born. This summer he will be four. Yes, I am suitably ashamed, though, in my defense, it should be noted that I did make him an interim, machine-stitched quilt, so he wouldn't be quiltless!
But now it's really finished! It's even in the mail. At the post office yesterday, the man behind the counter asked if I'd like to insure my package. Hummph! I've heard some horror stories of quilts made by friends being lost in the mail. For items made by hand the only compensation one gets is replacement of the materials used! How would you even begin to put a price on something stitched with love for a small boy, son of someone who was once your small boy? I decided to take my chances.
Four years is a long time. In my grandson's case, it's a lifetime! In that lifetime, making this quilt for him, I learned some lessons, some of them quilt related, some totally not.
I learned that---
I love figuring out new patterns and techniques.
That piecing goes quickly for me.
That things slow down at the layering stage,
And barely crawl at the basting stage. Yawn!
That even the most daunting journey/intimidating quilt is made one step/stitch at a time.
That there’s good reason to use black batting on a dark quilt---what was I thinking?
That a black quilt and a white cat should not be left in the same room together,
Because, the white cat is fatally attracted to the black quilt.
That masking tape is a white-cat-owning-quilter’s best friend.
That nobody calls you at four a.m. to give you good news.
That only a lunatic would do this much hand quilting on a quilt for a small child.
That by the time all the hand quilting is done the child will no longer be small.
That what I have to say is not always as important as listening to what someone else has to say.
That I should never say “It’s almost finished,” because, the quilting gods/goddesses will hear and punish me for excessive optimism.
If my mouth is closed my foot cannot be inserted therein.
If I didn’t blog I’d get a lot more quilting done.
If I didn’t quilt I’d get a lot more blogging done.
If I didn’t blog or quilt I’d read more.
If I didn’t blog, quilt or read, my house would be much cleaner.
If I didn’t do any of the above, I’d have to shoot myself, and then it wouldn’t matter.
Lest the quilt seem too staid for a small boy, I used this playful fabric for the backing. Since I love how Erma Bombeck compares children to kites, it seemed fitting. What I would like more than anything is to see my son's face when he sees the quilt. It's taken me so long, he thinks it's just a story I tell, this Star quilt, a figment of my imagination.
But it is no figment.
It's REAL and it's FINISHED!