I know. Stating “over 5 years in the making” implies that I worked on this quilt for five years.
I chose the beautiful floral fabric by Lakehouse sometime before 2008, with a grand plan to make my MIL a special quilt for her “big” birthday. I had the pattern picked out and the sashing and everything! It was gonna be gorgeous! Her birthday was many months away though, so I figured I could wait…at least until after Christmas.
And after Valentine’s Day.
And after Mother’s Day.
And then I only had two months! That certainly wasn’t enough time for what I had planned, so I put it on the shelf.
For a couple years.
Then several years ago I thought maybe I should get on it, because she had another “big” birthday coming up. So I made a block. It was so lovely.
Until the very last minute.
Then I sewed like a crazy person and got all the blocks completed. And sashed. And bordered.
And this is where I appreciate my favorite long arm quilter friend, Frances, who made that quilt into a thing of beauty, pure and simple.
Just the binding to go!
So I finished it! Not exactly on time, FOR her birthday, but in time for her to come visit for a while and use it on our guest bed.
She loved it, and honestly, I was happy to see it go home with her.
For me, delaying the project did not endear it to me at all. Oh, I still like the fabric, I do.
But having it hanging over my head for YEARS was awful, and I dreaded the doing every time I looked at it.
I still wait until the last minute to do things. Some days it’s just how I roll.
Have you ever fallen for a fabric and then fallen out of love for it, friends? It happens. Even when the fabric is pretty.
But in the end, the MIL loves her quilt and I loved giving it to her.
THAT is the bottom line.
Have a good weekend!