October 23, 2007
Anybody in need of a Rhinebeck palate cleanser: I’m here for you. (If you want to wallow in the Rhinebeck, or you don’t want to read about quilting, scroll down.)
Here’s a situation with which we are all familiar: a special baby is expected. You are going to make something Great for this baby. You spend a lot of time thinking about, and rejecting, many Great ideas. Meanwhile, the special baby is born. The special baby gets busy growing. Before you know it, the special baby is growing UP, without the something Great from your own two hands! Such is your shame at the lateness of your gift that you begin to slow down when you pass a BabyGap. You know it’s time to make something, even if it is not particularly Great.
Faced with this situation, and a pile of leftover strips from piecing Carrie’s quilt-in-progress, I started a crib sized quilt on Saturday afternoon the weekend before Rhinebeck. Pieced it. Sandwiched it. Machine-quilted it with a skill level that will not bear close scrutiny but might keep the layers together. Trimmed it. Attached a binding. Sewed it down by hand, a slow and satisfying process. On Sunday afternoon, I tossed it in the washing machine, well pleased with myself. Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, I give you:
The Bookish Baby Quilt.
See all the letters? That’s what makes it bookish. (It’s for the Bookish Girl’s girl.)
I pray that I got it to her in time for it to be in the running for Favorite Daily Blanket. I would like to see this thing shredded up with use, possessed of a peculiar and beloved smell. (I promise to take it back for repairs, rebinding, cutting down, or adding on. There are plenty more strips where these came from.)
The Prouds and Sorries of this quilt are few. I’m sorry that I don’t machine quilt better, but given the mignonne size of my sewing machine, I had less puckering than I expected. (What I learned: for me, the old-fashioned basting-of-the-layers works a lot better than pin-basting.)
The Prouds include the ever-improving straightness of my piecing seams, the beauty of my very first binding, and the success (in its maker’s eyes) of the “housetop” log cabin design.
The binding and backing.
I was also Proud–and quite surprised–that the quilt is actually square when folded. Slowly, I am conquering the challenge of making parallel lines behave properly. The ruler, the mat, and the rotary cutter are working together as a team, as never before.
A little bad French never hurt anybody. (You’re never too young to enjoy Japanese fabric.)
Girl of Bookish Girl graciously received her quilt at Rhinebeck. She liked it more than she could say (what with being a baby and all).
For the quilting-indifferent, I apologize (a little). No more quilting for a while, but I warn you that there are more special babies on the horizon. And like I said, I have plenty of strips. 24-hour baby quilts might be a new obsession, I mean, special interest.
P.S. Edited to add:
Mary B of Richmond, who has been Tragically Blogless for so long that I am promoting her to Incorrigibly Blogless, shared with me the Quilt Warranty that she includes with all her quilts for babies. It was too good to keep for myself.
This quilt is covered by a full, lifetime repair or replacement guarantee, subject to the following conditions:
Damage caused by the following situations will not be covered:
Moth damage (from being put away for “safekeeping”)
Crease damage (from being put away for “safekeeping”)
Being lost (because somebody can’t remember where they put it for “safekeeping!”)
Damage caused by the following situations will be covered:
Being drug around
Being used as a tent
Being used to drag heavy objects
Being chewed on
Body fluids of all types
Being left out in the rain/snow/sleet/hail
Being slept under, on, around, over, and with
Being loved to death in any way
Being lost (because somebody couldn’t go visiting without it, and it got left somewhere
This quilt expects to be — and has already been — machine washed and dried. Do not be “careful” with this quilt, because if you do you will hurt its feelings. ☺
This quilt is intended to be USED and LOVED!!!!!!