"For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord."Let me just say right off the bat that I am not a religious person. Once upon a time, I was. Very much so. That is no longer the case. However, I'm always happy to help a religious cause. =]
Many, many, many months ago (I'm talking 10 months ago), I was asked by a friend/customer if I'd be interested in quilting a top for the Methodist church fund raiser auction. I happily agreed, but after some time went by and I heard nothing more of it, I had completely forgotten about the entire conversation.
Imagine my surprise when a couple of weeks ago, she called me on the phone to ask if I was ready to quilt this top! I'm sure she could detect a hint of panic in my voice when I said that I was most certainly ready. Of course I was ready! I'm always ready.
I was sooooo not ready.
She dropped it off two days after that phone call. I couldn't help but notice before she even got it out of its bag that she neglected to mention it was a king sized quilt. She also neglected to mention that it was a Dahlia quilt, which would most certainly require custom quilting! I have nothing against doing custom quilting on charity quilts. I just would have rather had time to plan for it. I was given a week and a half to complete it, so that they would have time to bind it, get the label on (which I still have to embroider for them) and have it on display for a bit before the auction.
I really, really, really wish that I would have known in advance what I was up against. Not because I minded doing it. I was actually excited to do it. But because I could've done it so much BETTER.
A Giant Dahlia would've been the perfect top to do some fun and fancy trapunto feather swags in the corners, maybe even some scroll work, all kinds of cool stuff. But I just did. not. have. time. to. plan. Waaaah!
I did the best I could considering the time restraint. Nevermind the fact that it was a combination of piecing both by machine and by hand, a combined effort of a total of six people digging through their respective stashes and stitching up this beauty. This massively pretty quilt top! It was interesting! Luckily, she just wanted something relatively simple: Stitch in the ditch and a heavy backfill... Piece-o-cake!
Anyway, it's late and I'm babbling so here's the quilt already!
Not the best pictures in the world, but they'll do for now. You know, until I can get a couple of copies from the auction. Can't wait to see how it does!