Tuesday, September 14, 2010

2Corinthians 8:3

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"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! 


  1. it looks beautiful...i love your quilting despite the lack of time they gave you

  2. VERY nice quilting! I was disappointed the flower wasn't more colorful, though, but that's just me.

  3. Thanks! Jodi, I agree. The purple in the center is a little more colorful than the picture appears. But they just went through their stashes and found whatever pieces matched that there was enough of. =] Luckily, my mother is working on a Dahlia made of awesome blues, reds and rich cream-ish colors that if/when she gets it finished, will be quilted like no tomorrow. Considering she started it 7 years ago and it's now sitting in a basket on a shelf, I won't hold my breath!