Anyhoo, in the beginning, when I married DH nearly 19 years ago, he had upon his bed, a quilt made by a former girlfriend. Now, you need to understand that I have a great reverence for the time, energy, and love put into anything handcrafted and it seems darned near sacrilegious to throw a handmade article away; besides all the bad Ju Ju you would be inviting your way if you disrespected another crafter's "art!" Also, it was a perfectly functional quilt and, since I really didn't have anything suitable to replace it with at the time, the quilt became christened "The Machelle Quilt" and it stayed. And it stayed . . . and it stayed!
Like the Energizer Bunny, that quilt refused to wear out. Granted, I did repair the binding once or twice where it had come loose. But, pretty soon, "The Machelle Quilt" became almost a family heirloom and I actually became quite fond of it.
Nearly 17 years later as it was gasping it's dying, agonal breaths another serendipitous event occurred. I was approached by a co-worker who had just purchased a "Long-Arm?" What the heck was that? I thought, visions of possibilities popping into my head:
The more I sewed and pieced, the faster I stopped whistling that happy tune. I discovered, to my dismay that there is a reason behind the Quilter's Cardinal Rule of 1/4 inch seams.
|This is what happens to a simple 4 square when your seams are not 1/4 inch!|
I said it is rude to laugh! You can get up off the floor now and if you peed your pants a little, we will wait while you go change.
Hey, I have been trained to save lives and serve the public, for the Love of Corn, and I wasn't going to let some simple woven fibers take me down!
Needless to say, I have now learned the lesson of 1/4 inch seams and lived to go on and make bigger and better mistakes! (Feel free to use the above picture in your next episode of America's Funniest Quilting Bloopers!)
Well, it was my first quilt and DH loves it despite all it's glaring flaws.
After all, it is a perfectly functional quilt and, since I really don't have anything suitable to replace it with at the time, it stays. And it stays and it stays . . . UNLESS . . .
Machelle, if you're reading this blog, DH could sure use a new quilt!