I always smile when I think about the lyrics to the Garth Brooks song, Unanswered Prayers. I’ll bet we can all think of things, or even relationships, from our past that we thought we would just die without, and then many years later, we’re thankful that those things never happened as we wished.
On a similar thought, often things happen that I think are problems but when I look back, I see that good came from those tjomgs. I think a lot of it is how we look at things and if we believe everything happens for a reason and if we look for good more than we look for bad.
In late November, I was waiting on fabric from Quiltmaker for one of my designs that will be in an upcoming issue of Quilts from 100 Blocks. It’s always a pretty tight schedule to get those projects made, and with the holidays and the kitchen work being done, I was tempted to tell them I couldn’t make the quilt but then I figured I needed to get back in the sewing room so I agreed to make it. The fabric never arrived and I figured they had gotten delayed in sending it but when I wrote them to ask, it had been sent and had been delivered . . just not to my house. Through a serious of events that were no one’s fault, the package had gone out with an old address, had been delivered to the old address and could not be found. I now believe that the first package was lost because I needed that project last week . . something that HAD to be done, that I couldn’t put aside and feel sorry for myself. I had to brush my tears away and get busy.
More fabric was ordered and shipped to me. It arrived on Tuesday, December 17. It needed to be mailed back to them by December 31 in order to get to them on time. That left me about 12 days to get a quilt pieced, quilted, bound and back to UPS. Did I mention that the border has 936 triangles?
There was a lot of red and black and cream fabric, and a bit of brown, so I wasn’t comfortable not washing the fabric. Wednesday morning, the 18th, I took the time to wash the fabrics, all separately. I planned to start sewing on Wednesday afternoon but that’s when we had our little chicken disaster around here and Wednesday, sewing was out of the question. Thursday, I was very thankful for the project because I would have spent the day sitting and crying but instead, I had to force myself to get to work and get that quilt made.
Christmas Day, Vince and I were here alone. Christmas is for families and it was hard not being with Chad, Nicole and Addie. Again, I was glad to have the Quiltmaker project. Not many folks would have been thankful to have spent all day Christmas Day sewing but I was very thankful to have a fast approaching deadline!
So, you see, what started out as an “Oh, my goodness . . can I possibly meet this deadline” type project, turned out to be the project that helped me get through a couple of very rough days.
I keep the longarm rollers/leaders covered to keep nosy kitty off them so that all had to be unpinned, and taken off. The top was loaded, quilted and then the rollers/leaders were securely covered again.
Then the Bernina, which I only use for binding, and the table gets so full of clutter, had to be cleaned off so I could get the binding done.
I am happy to report that the quilt was sent off yesterday (Friday, the 27th) and my goal was to get it off by Monday, the 30th. Despite a few setbacks, it’s done.
Watch for that next Quilts from 100 Blocks issue coming out in March and when you see the quilt I made, you can smile and remember that you all knew what all I went through while making that quilt. The fabrics are not fabrics I would have chosen, though I was thrilled that they were tone on tone fabrics, but I think because of what I went through while making this quilt, it may end up being one of my favorites and one I look at for many years and remember Miss Hattie, or Hattie Girl as I often called her. sometimes with tears and sometimes with smiles.