Cutting a traditional nine-patch block into quarters and then rearranging the pieces to make a new, different looking block is the basis for this quilt top. All quilts will be created with the same pattern, yet they will all appear to be completely different because the fabric will all be different. I don’t know how many quilts will be completed, but if everyone else makes two each, there’s probably going to be around two dozen quilts. That’s quite a gift, as each quilt represents a large monetary investment on the part of each member, along with the time spent cutting fabrics, sewing , layering with batting and backing material, and finally, quilting the layers together. The final step will be to square up the quilt and apply the binding. I like to finish my quilt binding by hand. I machine stitch the binding strip down to the front of the quilt, fold the strip over to the back and hold it in place with clips. Then I begin hand sewing the edge of the binding to the back of the quilt, trying to take tiny stitches so they don’t show. It takes a couple of days to do the binding, and that’s after I turn it in to have someone else do the quilting.
There’s a considerable amount of time, energy and money invested in these quilts. I hope the recipients know that they were made out of our love for others. They’re a gift for people we don’t know, and most likely, never will know. But that doesn’t matter. Our positive energy is being put out to others, and that’s all that counts. People who receive them will know that someone cares.
I’m a member of several quilting groups on the Internet and I find it fascinating to see the prices asked for completed quilts, and for quilt kits, where all you have are the fabrics and the pattern. I’ve never purchased a quilt kit–preferring to pick my own fabrics and my own pattern. I have bought panels before, however, and do enjoy them.
Robert has an appointment for a CT scan tomorrow of his right kidney. He’ll also have a flat x-ray taken — all in preparation for the laser procedure that will be used to break up the kidney stones in his right kidney. I don’t know exactly when this will be done, but I hope it’ll be done soon so he can recover from it. We’d like to take a short trip in May and I want him healthy when we go.
I had the first Arborist take a look at our trees today. We’ve decided to just have the trees removed rather than paying to have them laced. Lacing will only delay the inevitable, as the trees are infected with Mistletoe and some type of Rust disease, and they will eventually die. The neighbor has decided to have the trees that are too close to her fence removed as well.
Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Remember that you are loved, and that you can never say the words, “I love you” too often. Life is precious and it can turn on a dime — live your life to the fullest, moment by moment.