Friday, November 20, 2020

SECOND HONEYMOON!!

                                            Today I finally finished quilting this quilt.


                                  

Some of you may remember this quilt, I have mentioned it a few times.   It seems as I was scrolling though my blog to find the post about this quilt that I have lost a lot of pictures.  Hummmm  not good.

Oh well....as I was quilting this piece I was thinking back to when I actually started it.  At my best guess and as memory provides, it had to be in the year 2004 or 2005.  My son graduated from high school in 2003, that same year we moved.  

This quilt started out as a single quilt, I was not happy with it so it sat around for 16 years to be worked on and finished.  Recently I remodeled it into a 107" x 107".  My son has always teased me about getting it done.  I have to say, it just needs a binding.  You are looking at one happy camper here.

One other little tidbit, this quilt is unique in the fact that my mother made most of the geese that you see.  I was at work one day and she just took over the project, much to my displeasure but what could I do, she needed something to do.  Now I have an extremely precious gift to give my son, not only from me but my mother as well.

I think I only have two older quilts to quilt, then I will go on to the incomplete quilt tops.  Happy days.

When I decided to get this quilt finished, I was trying to decide how to quilt it.  I decided to take the easy way out and just meander it.  I am so glad I did.  It seems I am on a second honeymoon with my longarm.  I bet you thought I meant a second honeymoon with my husband....Ha ha.... every day is a honeymoon with him.  Laughing again.

I have not been able to use this longarm for 2 years.  It has been slightly abused by grandchildren, by things being put on the longarm table knocking the machine off the rollers etc.

So....I had forgotten it's little querks and actually to be honest, I just forgot.  For one...it is amazing what a new needle will do.  I did put a new one in in May but then a daughter in law and grandson came and that was that.  I also adjusted the bobbins case, seems it was too tight.

I have to tell ya, I took a few walks this week in frustration and several times I wanted to throw a tantrum....wouldn't that be cute, an old woman splaying all over the floor.

In the end, after the few adjustments, and getting reaquainted, we finally got the job done.



16 comments:

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Oh, Barb - that quilt is BEAUTIFUL - and such a wonderful gift for your son! I'm glad you got the longarm issues resolved - and are enjoying your honeymoon - ;))

Gene Black said...

Ah, the geese quilt will be very special as both his mother and grandmother worked on it. Sometimes things that make us "crazy" at the time work out for the best later.

I am glad you got to start using your longarm again - and got it past the "tantrum" stage. :-)

swooze said...

Awesome!

QuiltShopGal said...

Congratulations on another amazing finish. This is such a beautiful quilt and heartwarming history. I'm also thrilled to hear you were able to finish it on your longarm. Yeah. Back in the saddle, 2nd honeymoon, however you call it, it is a good feeling and a quilt that will be treasured for generations to come.

Terry said...

Congratulations! Your quilt is beautiful and will be a wonderful heirloom to pass on to your son! :0)

Annie said...

This quilt really looks wonderful, Barb. A blessing is disguise...what was once a mild irritation that Mom jumped into the project, will now be a treasured memory for you and a treasured quilt for your son. I certainly know the awesome feeling of getting an old unfinished project finished. Hooray! Haha...oh what a visual of an old woman flailing around on the floor in a tantrum! Hahahaha.......

Frog Quilter said...

Beautiful finish. A heirloom for sure.

Hope you are well!

Rebecca said...

Tantrum on the floor beats kicking stuff barefoot!
Trust me on this...lol

Needled Mom said...

I love the way it finished, Barb. It’s such a nice size too and those geese will always bring a smile to your face. Longarms can be a source of frustrations. If I threw myself on the floor in a temper tantrum, they’d likely need EMS to get me back up. 😂. I have heard it said that one should use a new needle with each new project.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Lovely!

Marie said...

Such a wonderful gift doe your son! But you struck a nerve in me when you talked about the long arm---here I sit and just won't go in the room and mess wit mine and I have forgotten anything I ever learned about it! I will have to start from scratch if I get the nerve to start on it again and I DO want to learn it! I love to red your blog it always makes me happy and greatful . Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and PLEASE always blog.Many hugs my sweet friend!Marie

Vicki in MN said...

I saw this quilt on IG, but I just had to come over here and give you another pat on the back for finishing. I didn't know the whole story so I am glad I stopped over! Kuddos to you for persevering:) It's beautiful!!!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

that quilt is stunning! Flying geese and flying geese! Nice that both you and your Mom worked on it......

Snoodles said...

Barb, that quilt is stunning! What a treasure for your son, since both his momma and his grandmomma sewed on it! Wow!

Kathleen said...

Its amazing how much we forget in a short period of time. Glad you finally got the whole project to cooperate and now that it just needs binding you are 99.9999% there! Love the design...is it your design?

QuiltGranma said...

Oh the memories that this quilt holds! So happy for you that this one is finally done.