I have another quilt finish…It’s another from my UFO list. I’m doing great with my UFO list. This is the second finish from the list since July 1st. I’m so glad to be finishing things.
Completing this one might seem like a small feat being all I had to do was bind it. But this quilt has more of a story to it. It might just look like a quilt to you but lots is packed into this quilt.
This is the second quilt I made like this. The first one was for our daughter Kelli and Jason as a wedding present. Kelli requested I make it just as you see it. I had made a double wedding ring quilt for Buck. Kelli loved it but wanted the rings smaller so I dug around and tried to find templates for a smaller ringed version. This is it.
After Kelli’s wedding we decided to submit to American Patchwork and Quilting. They accepted it. We sent it in…but then months-even an year, went by and we didn’t hear anything.
We found out later that editors had switched at the time and the previous editor forgot to tell the incoming editor about the quilt. It was finally published in June 2018 edition of American Patchwork and Quilting…3 years after Kelli’s wedding.
At the time I told you all that I had plenty of leftovers and fabric so I planned to make another one only this time I was making this for Kramer and me. Many of you asked me if I would host a quilt along as many wanted to make it but was hoping to have a little more guidance.
I jumped in and said sure. You can find the installments of the quilt along HERE. There are 13 seperate blog posts that have instructions.
I was so excited and anxious to finish this up because I wanted it for our bed.
It was December of 2018 as we were finishing up with the instructions yet most of us were still sewing along. The holidays hit and I didn’t get much sewing done. I had hoped to pick it back up in the new year and hit it hard as we had a finishing date looming and how bad would it look that me, the hostess of the quilt along, wasn’t finished.
Then at the end of January Kramer, my husband, was diagnosed with lung cancer.
At first Kramer did the driving to his appointments and I rode along. I pinned and pinned and pinned as we made two hour trips back and forth to the doctor. I would get home and then sew everything I had pinned.
I was working so hard to have the quilt finished by the day I had committed to.
I pinned and with the pinning so much anxiety about his diagnosis into this quilt.
I put my anger into it. I put my fear into it. I put my resentment into it.
Then Kramer got too sick and couldn’t do the driving anymore.
He felt terrible about that. He knew I always loved pinning or crafting in the car as we traveled. He felt bad he couldn’t give that time to me. I had to be the driver.
The quilt didn’t get finished for the big reveal I had promised.
By then Kramer had been hospitalized a time or two.
I was juggling so many things…
this quilt is the ball that I dropped. I couldn’t do it all.
Any excitement I had for this quilt, a double wedding ring, had passed. I was starting to realize that we would likely never sleep under it together. The quilt lost any meaning for me.
Kramer died on June 2nd, 2019.
I lost any interest in sewing. I only sewed on something enough so that I would have something to write about on the blog for my Monday morning post of What I’m Working On. Even that was a struggle.
The quilt was in two pieces. All I had to do was pin and sew that one seam for it to be a top. Then after that, all I had left to do was to machine quilt it.
The 2019 July UFO list came out. I put this quilt on it. I never touched it.
The 2020 July UFO list came out. I put this quilt on it. I never touched it.
The 2021 July UFO list came out. I put this quilt on it. I finally sewed the one seam to make it into a completed top. Still the quilt sat. I had no interest in it.
I didn’t have it in me to do the fancy quilting motifs I did for Kelli’s quilt. This one got a simple stipple. My excitement about the quilt still isn’t there. I really don’t have anything else left to give this quilt.
I found a backing that I loved for it. I had bought it at an auction.
I hoped that would get me excited about it. It didn’t.
Even after I got the machine quilting done, it sat for a month. I didn’t want to bind it. That scalloped edge needed more than I felt like giving.
The quilt is done. That chapter of my life is over. I’m thankful I am done with it.
I should be happy and excited to put it on my bed…but I’m not.
I thought long and hard about donating it somewhere. I don’t think I will. I think I’m going to save it…I’ll likely give it to Georgia, my granddaughter when she gets married. She’ll have the quilt I was working on the year she was born…the year her Grandpa died… the exact match to the quilt she was likely conceived under…It seems like it should be hers.
I did take some pictures and I’ll do a tutorial of sorts on how to bind a scalloped edge quilt… You can find that HERE.
For now, I’m content that it’s finished. The quilt isn’t hanging over my head anymore. I can move forward.
I’m glad to have another quilt, especially this one, checked off my UFO list.