Do you see the date on that quilt? That’s right. It says Christmas 2003, which makes this queen-sized hunk of unfinished business more than four years old. I gave it to the Cydermaker, my husband, when we were dating. I completed the quilt top a week or so before Christmas and then quilted the top, batting (a heavy cotton blanket) and back together by running long seams along the length of each side of the “flying geese” patchwork sections. In other words, I ran out of time and did an extremely shoddy quilting job. And even though you are not supposed to bind a quilt until the actual quilting has been completed, I decided to bind it up. Because I wanted to make it look like it was finished. Not a smart thing to do. Nope. Not smart at all.
I have decided that it is time for this quilt to be given the attention and care it deserves. I was toying with the idea of undoing the binding and those lengthy quilting seams so that I could start anew with the quilting. But then I did a little reality check. I know myself, and I know that I just won’t want to do all that seam-ripping. So I think I will get myself a lap-sized quilting frame and quilt this sucker by hand. Did I just write that out loud? It is going to take forever to finish, so check back with me in four more years and I’ll show you the results.