This was another of those “good intention” quilts. I knew that Logan (my nephew, now 12) was due in August of 2005. So, I started this quilt in April. I thought, “I have plenty of time”.
Geesh. You’d think I’d learn.
The problem was the specialty appliqué. I cut Noah’s Ark Animals out of a special fabric to appliqué on the ark… But, I wanted them to stand out—to be noticed. So I stuffed them. I wanted them to have a 3-D effect. It was a great idea… but it was harder than I don’t know what to do!
It sometimes took weeks to do one animal—by hand!
The whole process nearly killed me… okay… I’m exaggerating a little… but, just a little.
I began by enlarging (by 4) an Ark block pattern I found in a book. That wasn’t that hard to do. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it had been and by how well it turned it out. Then of course I added the border frames. Again—Easy. But, once I started those animals on the top… well, months went by before I was finished.
By the time I got the top finished Logan was several weeks old. Finally completed the whole thing in September. I felt horrible that I had taken so long to finish it—BUT, Christy and Tracy (my brother and his wife) seemed thrilled with it, so I was glad that I had done it the way I did.
Next time though—I’m starting a whole year in advance!