I’m so proud of this quilt, yet I can only claim like 1/8 credit for any part of it. My boss’s wife was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, so my friend Robin and I conspired to send her a “care package.” It contained, among other things, ginger and peppermint (not together! ick!) lozenges and teas for nausea, washcloths for having a cold compress, comfy PJs, comfy slippers, chapsticks of several varieties, lotion, etc, etc. And of course a quilt because Robin is an awesome quilter and because I want to be!
Well, after broaching the idea with Robin, I get a text message that said “Do you trust me?” and then instructions for where to go spend money. Trusting Robin is EASY because she is simple the nicest, sweetest, most generous person you could imagine. I simply did as told and several days later a package arrived on my front step.
We then planned a Saturday to piece the quilt top, and Robin ambitiously thought we could finish the top in one day! In reality it took Sat, most of Sunday, and several evenings during the week. But by Thursday, if I recall correctly, we met back up in a conference room in my wonderful company and arranged the blocks.
We discussed how to arrange the fabrics, and I immediately jumped at the chance to do a light-to-dark arrangement. I’ve always loved these quilts, and this set of batiks was just perfect for the chance to make one of our own. Robin went along with my crazy plan and after lots of squatting and kneeling, we had the layout.
Robin’s fantastic daughter, Rachel, numbered all the post-it notes (as well as wrangled my foster daughter while I pieced with Robin!), allowing us to quickly identify the placement so that Robin could take the quilt home and finish piecing the top.
So then Robin graciously agreed to quilt the top for us, which rocked because she is not only the best quilter I know, she’s also set land-speed records at quilt completion. Did I mention she’s an AWARD winning quilter? Oh yes, there’s that. So, ARod was my pinch-hitter, what are you going to do?
I should have taken a picture of the basket when we were finished it, but it was so awesome. I’ve heard that the whole thing was well received, though I seriously look forward to hearing how the quilt looks once it’s washed (I love a washed quilt SO MUCH!).
Anyway this is hands down the fastest quilt I’ve ever completed, owing entirely to the fact that I didn’t actually complete it. But this is also the first Joint project I’ve ever worked on, and it was finished in about 2 weeks? Start to finish?
I couldn’t have done it without Robin.
She chose the pattern, the Double Square Star. She chose the fabric. She made this happen, and I learned so much. She was kind enough to offer advice on the mistakes I made in a gentle and encouraging manner, and then she had the audacity to not even take credit for how awesome the whole project turned out! Am I not the luckiest quilter on the planet?
Thank you, Robin and Rachel, from the bottom of my heart!