Archive for October, 2007

Here it is! Judy’s Quilt!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

judy\' quilt front

Finally, after 7 years in the making, Judy’s quilt is totally and completely finished. It was begun in Feb., 2000, just after I retired. The initial fabric purchases were made in the company of my wonderful friend Lorene. The fabric shopping expedition was Lorene’s first outing after her second kidney transplant, and I have never seen anyone enjoy fabric shopping so much!

Here is a photo of the quilt back, showing the signature Crackpot decorative (and fabric-saving) strip down the middle. A little extra piecing sure beats purchasing several more yards of backing fabric and then using only a 9″ strip of it.

judy\'s quilt back

Because I always find it pretty scary to stuff a finally-completed quilt into the washing machine, it is a great relief to be able to hang the clean and still-intact quilt on the line, so this is part of the process that I feel compelled to document.

quilt on line

Finally, it is always important to photodocument the absolute last stitch. Here it is:

last stitch

The quilt will be delivered to Judy and her new husband Peter in Budapest sometime in the next 6 months or so, when time and health permit. There is no way that I will mail it to them, both because I would never entrust it to the postal service and more importantly, because I can’t bear to miss seeing Judy’s face when she sees it for the first time. (She has no idea I have been making her a quilt.)

Quilt Plus Baby

Friday, October 5th, 2007

As promised, a photo of quilt plus baby. No time for much else; young Master J may be stirring in the next room.

Baby on quilt

He was recovering from a strenuous tummy time experience.