Wednesday, October 26, 2016


We finished Victoria's quilt last night about 8:30 p.m.  I think she was pretty worn out.  She had spent the whole afternoon doing the machine quilting, and her arms were tired from hauling the whole quilt around on the machine.  We chose to use invisible thread on the top and a rayon Sulky marigold yellow on the back.

Monday she was able to finish sewing all the blocks together into the top.  We also cut and sewed on the narrow inner border and the wider outer border.  We planned to start at 9 a.m. on Tuesday by cutting, sewing and applying the backing.  But I wasn't able to help her until about 10:15 because of a "crisis" at home in the Dear One's use of the internet.  I function as his "techie" but this was beyond me.  The problem was in the site he was using, and that was finally straightened out.  So Victoria and I got a late start.  By the time we broke for lunch we had the three layer "quilting sandwich" put together.

She spent the whole afternoon machine quilting in the ditch.  By 5:30 we were almost, almost finished with the machine quilting.  We stepped ahead a little bit and sewed the binding to the back of the quilt.  We broke for supper and all went out to the Golden Corral, a buffet restaurant just outside the gates of our community.  It was a good break, and I think she needed it.

After supper we pressed the binding around to the front and doubled it under, ready to be stitched.  I offered to do this topstitching and she gratefully accepted, because her arms were really tired.  So I had the honour of doing the last sewing (for now) on her quilt.

Here it is finished--with a few things to be done to it when she gets home to Germany.  Just in time, as her plane left at 11 a.m. this morning.

I salute Victoria!  She was completely committed to finishing this project and worked unbelievably hard to get it done.  At the same time, she did very careful, precise work and radiated happiness at how her choices turned out.

What a lovely, cheerful quilt!  What a lovely, cheerful quilter!

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