If you have been following this post, know that all is well. LD & I are both smilin'.
LD made this quilt
for her daughter
in her favorite colors!
Jan 20: I first heard from LD.
Feb 16: LD selected Cristofers 1 for her panto, one that is surprising with a larger sample. I bought it because I love it & am so glad it will now be used!
Feb 25: The quilt top arrived. The backing is Minky (i.e. feels as soft as mink). The border is hot pink and the center is light pink. My camera is off on the color. I immediately had a strong reaction to this quilt that felt like CAT!
Mar 01: It was confirmed there is a cat in the home. My gut screamed return this quilt at once! Sweet LD literally begged me to do it & to even wash it if that would help. Turns out several other quilts came in at the same time from homes with cats. Funny after three years of doing this, I have not had this situation. I decided to document my allergy to cats on this site, request no more quilts from homes with cats & to go ahead and do the work already entrusted to me. Something I cannot explain is that I learned Heidi is a cat girl but I had no reaction to quilts I have done for her in the past. I was working on another quilt recently that I was reacting to also. As the customer & I chatted, I learned there was no cat but dogs in the home. As we continued to talk, it occurred to her that her brother for whom she was making the quilt did have a cat. Last August she had taken the quilt to his home and spread it out on his bed. That confirmed that my reaction to her quilt was indeed cat related.
Mar 05: I took the quilt top outside and pressed it using my old ironing board to see if I could tolerated the quilt. My throat burned the whole time but I did not go into a full blown allergic reaction.
Mar 16: It is time to start this quilt. I got the backing out to load it and decided to take LD's advice and wash it and the top. About to put them in the dryer and hope for a much improved situation.
!! IT WORKED but it took 4 hours !!
Washing stopped the allergies (or so I thought). I have now pressed both sides of the quilt top using spray starch on top. Now the seams are flat & the fabric is flat & the quilt will be flat once longarmed. LD's first full sized bed quilt, she did not know to trim her blocks before joining them. Even so, this should turn out very nice in the end. ... Well, it would if the backing was usable. Finally reached LD. The backing proved to be too problematic, shall we say? LD ordered a beautiful flannel to use instead. I must say she is the most congenial person one could ever dream to meet or with whom to work. I appreciate you, girl!
Mar 17: So what does one do with all that Slinky Minky? Throw pillows, of course!
Mar 28: Finally back at work on this quilt piecing the flannel backing. Batting is cut. IQ is programmed. Quilt is loaded and basted. My throat is fussing Unbelievable how tenacious cat allergens are. I had no idea.
Mar 29: Quilting
Mar 30: Finished.