Wednesday, June 2, 2010
A LONG Time in the Making: My Quilt!
Friends, I cannot even tell you how excited I am about having this quilt on my bed! Did you know that I quilted? Yeah, I kinda forgot too!
In 2002 I got out of the Army and left my husband in Korea to complete a second year of duty. I came home to the US so I could take care of our sorely missed pups. We had no kids. I was a full time student, but still had a lot of time on my hands. Time to learn how to quilt!
I went to JoAnn's and picked up one of these Quilt of the Month kits. I completed the entire Queen Size quilt top. And I was so ambitious I thought I could do the actual quilting on my home sewing machine. I was wrong! So, I folded up what I had gotten done, put it in the attic, and vowed to find a professional quilter to finish the job (i.e. quilt it together with the fluffy batting and backing).
Over the years I contacted several quilters, but not one ever got back to me to take on the job. Perhaps it was just too big and daunting since I'd already started some of the quilting.
Fast forward 8 years and I inquire about a Quilting Guild at our local Sea Port. Yada yada yada....I'm put in touch with Lora Sparks....a professional quilter! She excitedly takes on my quilt! Look what a beautiful job she did!
Not only did she have to do the quilting, but she actually added fabric on to my existing quilt to make it fit a king sized bed. Amazing!
Here's a close up of her work. Note the whimsical freehand designs and flowers.
I'm so happy to be putting this baby to use! It brings such a pop of color to our bedroom. And I'm also a little inspired to sit back down with some fabric and make a twin sized quilt (or two!) for my girls. Might be a whole new edition to Fibers on Fridays :-)
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