Wrapping up one last project before I go, and it’s a beauty. This quilt was originally meant for those who had lost their homes in the North Bay fires last autumn, but I sent two other quilts instead. Then I learned a member of our church is getting married, so…. The low volume prints hearken to a wedding, and the plus signs signify all the positive vibes that matrimony brings to a relationship. The biggest question with this project was whether or not I could get it done before I left to watch my grandson, painful hands in the fray.
My last post ended with me wondering how I would fill the rest of that day; turns out I spent much of it hand-quilting this comforter. As I sewed, I listened to Kate Bush’s Aerial, which we have on LP; it was good to get up every few songs to flip the record, shaking out my hands as well.
I kept telling myself, “Next week you will do no other sewing.” Not that keeping an eye on The Burrito is simple, ha ha, but it won’t involve anything remotely related to fabrics. With each section finished, my giddiness rose, the sense of completion rising within me. Kind of like how I feel when a novel is nearly done, a long-held breath aching to be released.
And then suddenly it’s over, the last square stitched through. Well, it’s practically done, as there remains sewing around the perimeter, attaching the binding, then hand-sewing it to the back. But those steps are brief in comparison to hand-quilting, although just when you think you are done….
You’re not quite there.
But a few stitches and voila, it really was ready for the final touches. And now it’s in my washing machine, truly one of the last steps. Tomorrow I’ll give it to a young woman who will soon become a married lady, then I’ll drive north for a week of fun with my nearly three-year-old grandson. My hands will covet the break, and while I’ll miss my better half, this is part of being a mother and grandmother. And without my hubby, I wouldn’t be either of those, lol.
Maybe that’s another reason making a wedding quilt is so awesome; regardless of any progeny resulting from a marriage, the sense of togetherness is reinforced day after day. Families are made in all kinds of manners, from the largest to the smallest. Inaugurating a life-long commitment to love and fidelity deserves a special quilt; thanks be to God for such blessings.