Marianne's Quilt Story
When pregnant with my second child, I thought it would be neat to make a quilt for the crib to match the curtains I made for the nursery. I took a class to learn how. The teacher gave us a different square pattern to complete each week. How I was going to make it into a baby blanket was to be determined later...much later. Also if I wanted to learn to piece them together then that was a different class as was quilting. I never finished my top but have always wanted to. Now 29 years later, Linda & Joan have agreed to finish it for me. I did the piecing by hand, not satisfied with the results on my sewing machine. I am so happy...you see, my child is having a child in August and this will be her baby's quilt.
Feb 12: Marianne contacted me today about finishing this quilt she started years ago. Joan came to mind at once & has agreed to do the design & piecing of the top ... in May.
Apr 22: Joan has the quilt top pieces now and is starting to "noodle" over it as she likes to say.
June: It's June now & Joan is still noodling and working with Marianne on details.
Jun 09: Joan & Marianne have worked out just what to do. Joan hopes to finish her part next week.
Jul 18: The quilt is here and absolutely adorable. Marianne actually made the 9th block herself. Joan's challenge was getting the blocks centered just so inside the sashing. I will not stitch over the appliques but will outline around them instead. I will attach the binding but Marianne is going to do the time consuming hand work. One day is all I need.& hope to ship mid-week around the 23rd.
Jul 19: Planned the backing. Needs a bit of piecing but it matches the top & is the backing after all. Offered another option--wide enough muslin for a backing in one piece (no seams). Quilting pattern will be Hearts a Flutter with off-white thread.
Jul 20: Marianne ordered the muslin.
Jul 25: Got the backing...badly smudged & the wrong shade. Re-ordered. Fabric.com gave Marianne a full refund & told me to keep rather than return the fabric.)
Jul 30: The re-ordered backing just came in & is perfect.
Jul 31: Loading.
Aug 01: Quilting.
Aug 02: Quilted. Binding attached. Shipped.