Today is the first day of my annual three day, pre-birthday quilting weekend …which includes the annual trip to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival (MAQF) in Hampton. It was to coincide with a girls weekend for out of town friends, and a trip to VMFA for the Picasso Exhibit.
Alas, real life stomped on those plans, and one girlfriend is with her fiancé during post-op, and the other is dealing with the possibility of unsettling job issues that all of us fear….
So, today I decided to work on a quilt. I pulled this quilt out of the nether reaches of my UFO pile last month.
It was a quilt that I decided to do about a decade ago. The pattern was, to say the least, challenging. Jack’s Chain is pictured here. I should point out that a decade ago, I was a relative newbie to quilting. My eyes were bigger than my stomach, I explained to Timmy last night. I totally didn’t realize what I was asking of myself.
Now, a decade later, my skills are probably up to the task, but I am also more aware of my frustration level and desire for torture. (VERY low and VERY small, I assure you.) I also know that I am NOT a precise quilter, and that this pattern requires precision.
Therefore, last month I redesigned the quilt to a far more acceptable and FINISHABLE pattern.
This is how far I got today. I took all the pieces I had previously cut and worked up this quilt. I am going to locate a very dark blue or green antique patterned fabric for a sashing between the main pattern and the triangle border.
Tomorrow, Timmy will chauffer me to the quilt show so I can spend my birthday money and dream of many more quilts I probably will never make!
(I even think I may know of a special someone that I will need to FINISH this for!)
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Oh, I wonder who that “special someone” might be?
I had that same teddy bear fabric, and used it years ago for a charity quilt! We all have those “eyes were bigger than my stomach” moments when we first start quilting. The good thing is that with experience under your belt you were able to bring forth a workable design. I do hope you have fun at the show today, wish I were there. I had to cancel my trip on Tues due to respiratory infection…. not fun.