Last May, I decided that our table runner needed some help. I had brought it home as a souvenir of our amazing trip to Greece in 2008. I loved the ribbon embroidery on it and using it brought back all those great memories from that trip, particularly of Thassos, the island where we bought it. Unfortunately, it also really annoyed me because it would never lie flat. The outer layer of fabric had been sewn on incorrectly and it didn’t matter what I did, it always looks a bit messy.
So, last May (as in 2014), I chopped off the outer edge, sewed on another linen border, turned it into a quilt sandwich, quilted it, and bound it. (Basically, I turned it into a mini-quilt.) Then I realized three things:
- Linen is even more finicky than flannel. Talk about impossible to keep straight!
- Even though I pinned it within an inch of its life, it still doesn’t lie flat after the quilting. AARGH! (Talk about not accomplishing my number one goal in doing this project.)
- The quilting I had done on the border was not enough to keep the batting in the middle from falling apart in the wash. So I needed to hand quilt it. NOT MY FAVORITE. (Plus I don’t really know how to do it. Plus I was so de-motivated by the lack of flatness that I didn’t want to look at it ever again.)
It sat for almost a year until I picked it up sometime in April (purely because it was on my list), and started hand quilting on some flowers. I have NO idea what I’m doing with hand quilting. I have no idea how you make the back look as good as the front. Luckily, the back of mine will never see the light of day. So here it is, in its unwashed, wrinkled, and way imperfect glory.
I’m going to wash and dry it and hopefully it will shrink up some and look less wonky. And then I’ll probably put it away and never use it. Or maybe I will. We’ll see. Anyway, it’s done and off my list of projects hanging over my head!
This is my entry for Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts. I only have one more item on my list and I”m happy to report we’ve seen some progress on that front. Hopefully, I’ll have something to show in the next couple weeks!