Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Next Up...

Quote for the Day:
"Our lives are like quilts – bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, 
stitched with love."
~author unknown

Well...after finishing my quilt storage cabinet, I was raring to get the next quilt into the frame and get back to quilting!  :)  So Sunday I loaded Diana's quilt onto the frame.

This dresden plate quilt was made by Diana's mother...who likes to make tops but then gives them unfinished to her daughter.  Diana has had a couple of them long-armed (machine) quilted locally, but she wanted this one to be handquilted.  Diana is my massage therapist (and friend), so we struck up a "deal"...quilting in exchange for massages!  :)

This quilt is a big-un!!!  102" X 102"!!  It was actually 5" bigger all around, but it wouldn't fit on my frame at that size, so I told Diana I'd have to remove the outer 2.5" border.  

I spent 2.5 hours on Sunday just removing the border and marking the remainder quilt.  I like to have my quilts all marked BEFORE they go into the frame so I can the "whole" picture to make sure the marking works for that quilt.  I know some people who mark the quilt while it's in the frame as they go, but that's just not me.

I loaded it onto the frame Sunday evening and then sat down and quilted on it for about an hour.  There's nothing like the feeling of putting the first few stitches in a quilt and starting to see the quilt "come to life"!  :)

Funny story time...
Sometimes I hear women talk about their spouses and how dependent the spouses are on them to cook for them.  It almost sounds like the husband would starve if the wife didn't get home in time to make a meal for them.  I even heard one woman say that her husband wouldn't even make himself a sandwich, that he would wait for her to get home to make it for him.

I've laughed at this because if Andy waited for me to cook for him, he would have starved a LONG time ago!!!  Usually, I do some cooking on my days off and he cooks the rest of the time.  But over the last couple of weeks, I hadn't done any cooking...only he had...and I was eating from that cooking.

Well...on Sunday, while I was getting the quilt ready to go into the frame, Andy went grocery shopping and there was no more cooked up food in the fridge.  

About mid-afternoon I started getting hungry and thought to myself, "I'm getting hungry...I hope Andy gets home soon so he can make something for us to eat!"

About that time I started laughing out loud because I realized that *I* had become that spouse that I had laughed at when my friends talked about their husbands being dependent on them to eat!!!

But to set the record straight, when Andy got home *I* did cook supper for us.  I figured I had relied on Andy long enough...I'd better start doing my share of the cooking again, too!  LOL

Okay...there you have it...



  1. That is a beautiful quilt. I hope you post pictures after you finish quilting it.

  2. That is definitely a *laugh out loud* moment. I'm glad you were able to take some time out of your quilting schedule to make dinner! Send some over to me?

  3. re:There's nothing like the feeling of putting the first few stitches in a quilt and starting to see the quilt "come to life"! :)


  4. That is how is works at our house too! What a deal massages in exchange for hand quilting. I think you won on that deal!