Here she is, in all her glory...the first quilt I ever pieced, finally finished. No. I didn't start quilting like a month ago. It's time for one of my favorite things...
Time to pull the skeleton quilts of of the closet and air my dirty little quilting secret. I, Tish N. Wonderland had never finished the first quilt I pieced. How does that even happen??? Well, let me tell you.
Once upon a time, there lived a girl and she loved to cross stitch. She started out with small projects and taught herself as she went along. She spent many hours enjoying the mindless and satisfying task of moving the needle up and down over linen, creating small colorful x's to create beautiful works of thread art.
One day, she ran across a series of patterns called Wedding Herbs and fell madly in love with the beautiful colors. There were 12 (it might have been 8) total different herbs.
To have all of them together would take up some major wall space, so one day she said to herself, "why couldn't someone turn all of these into a quilt, where they could be displayed together??"
So bravely she loaded them up and headed to the local quilt shop to seek the advice of the knowledgeable quilters and see if any would take on this project for her. Alas, they all said, "No, you do not want to do that. That just would not work. Frame them, that is what you should do." Feeling defeated and ready to start the trek back home (ok, jump in the car and drive 4 blocks) she started to leave. When the shop owner said, "Wait! I have an idea. Why not learn to make a quilt, then tackle the project yourself?"
The shop owner quickly whisked her off talking about patterns, seam allowances, rotary cutters and something call fat quarters? Her head was spinning, she was feeling motivated, encouraged even! What was this spell that had been cast on her?? With a swipe of the debit card, she left the shop with 20 fat quarters, a rotary cutter, a ruler and a Turning Twenty pattern and most importantly, a look of "what the hell just happened" on her face.
One night a week she traveled to the magical fabric shop and was guided on her quest of quilt piecing. A few weeks later, before her, lay one completed queen sized Turning Twenty quilt. The shop owner then sent the top of to the enchanted long arm quilter and two weeks later, with tears of happiness she had in her possession one quilted quilt top! Magic!
Umm..okay? Now what? Binding? No one mentioned that??? So after much reading about the process, the girl quickly packed up her top and locked it away in a rubber made tote until the day it would be set free by a binding fairy and completed.
So what did the girl do? With the top locked away, she boxed up all her cross stitch supplies, bought more fabric and apparently pieced 23 more quilt tops that are still laying around. Sigh.
That is until now. After ten years of hiding, the top started calling to her once again..."Bind me. Bind me." And so she did.
So now the girl and the quilt shall live happily ever after. Snuggling together on those long cold winter nights ahead, thus completing her quilting journey and freeing her from the spell. THE END.
Just kidding, once you drink the quilting kool aid we all know your addicted for life. But seriously, if feels AMAZING to have this queen sized monkey off my back, and allows me to mark another goal off my 4th quarter list...aka finish a UFO. Hey, it counts.
I was just responding to emails and Katrin over at Now What Puppilalla? had a fun idea. Since I am looking at reducing my UFO and quilt kit piles over the next year, maybe I'll I post my top 3 contenders or choose at random and let you guys help me decide what to work on. Any one game for that?
Today I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social.