Thursday, March 31, 2005
By Linda Jones
I am proud to say that I have completely, totally finished my first official hand-quilted quilt.
Well, its not really a real quilt. Its a wall-hanging about a foot and a half square. And I still need to sign it. Ive learned from the quilt police that if you dont sign, date and document a quilt of any kind, well, future generations wont know a thing about it and something terrible and really awful will happen.
I cant imagine what, as when anything I quilt becomes antique, Im fairly sure I will have gone on to the fabric store in the sky, but Im not taking any chances.
I made the wall hanging for my friend Fran in Virginia Beach. I havent seen her in about 25ish years, but thanks to e-mail, we have retained our wonderful friendship across the miles and years.
She doesnt know about the quilt yet, so dont tell her.
Its a different kind of quilt I put a picture printed on fabric in the middle of it. When Frans first grandbaby ever was born, I made Thea a christening gown. When Thea was christened, Fran emailed me photos. I took one of those photos of son Jeff, wife Debbie and beautiful Thea in her christening gown printed it out on computer printer fabric stuff and made it the centerpiece.
I have a couple of my mothers buttons on it and a leftover scrap of lace from my daughters wedding dress and other odd-and-end bits and pieces. The computer fabric stuff was even leftover from another project.
I made my first quilting stencil for this quilt; its the first thing Ive ever hand-bound and its the first thing Ive ever really quilted hand or otherwise.
The edges are not perfectly straight, but the crocheted lace that makes an inner border is not quite straight (no, I didnt crochet the lace, I cant crochet a straight line!). Just adds to its uniqueness.
I can see a bunch of stuff on this quilt that isnt perfect. Sunday, a quilting expert and friend who was looking at it said someone once told her that if it was perfect, it wouldnt be a quilt. I like that!
I can also see a bunch of stuff on this quilt that is perfect Jeff, Debbie and especially beautiful Thea; the love and happiness on their faces and the joy of the occasion.
And, if I know Fran, she might see the imperfections of my first quilt, but they wont matter.
What will matter to her is the beautiful baby in the center and the fact that every stitch, every bit of fabric, lace, every button and piece of ribbon was sewn on there with love.
Thats what makes every quilt perfect!
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