I am able to check off my first of my 2013 goals–my boy Children at Play quilt (and my second finished quilt of 2013) is done! It began as a handful of meant-to-be-log-cabin blocks and grew to this improved monstrosity. It would have been finished earlier, but finding binding fabric ended up being quite the quest. I wanted to use the orange polka dot fabric. I tracked it down on Etsy, hit ‘buy’…and several days later I had an apologetic email from the seller that she was actually out of the fabric, but she had the flannel version. No dice. Back to the drawing board. t was very hard to find, but eventually I tracked it down again, ordered it, and then waited a ridiculously long time for the package. It arrived, I ripped it open…and it was flannel. ARGH. Back to the drawing board. (And by drawing board I’m pretty sure we all know I mean ‘google.’) I looked and looked and looked, but it was nowhere. I decided that okay, the orange with the white flowers would be a good substitute. It arrived after another unusually long wait. I ripped open the package, ran to get the quilt, and then went “WHAT WAS I THINKING?! FLOWERS?! REALLY?!” At this point I made a very big sigh and looked at my on hand options, as I’d now spent way too much time and money on the binding to use anything other than what I had in front of me. I could hobble together my few scraps and do a scrappy binding or I could go with this yellow that had made the occasional appearance in the patchwork. Though it wasn’t the orange my heart desired, I sucked it up. I saved the hand sewing for ‘date night Tuesdays’–an idea Nic instituted a couple of weeks ago (our weekly night to sit together on the sofa watching television–right now we’re watching House of Cards which we quickly discovered was an incredibly weird date night choice, but we were too hooked to change to something else). I even put a label on it (which I have promised myself I will be better about)!
(This is a BIG quilt–my six foot tall husband is holding it as high as he could to keep it out of the snow in these shots!)