I started this blog in November and haven't even attempted to log/introduce all of my UFOs. You've only met the active UFOs! The one I'm introducing today is one that I brought out last night. I admit, I am addicted to American Idol. I like it because I can watch while sewing and don't have to really pay too much attention. This year my husband has also gotten interested so now I have to watch it with him! What to do? I'm idle during Idol! I realized that the past few weeks that I have wasted lots of good sewing time sitting with him in front of the TV. So last night I got out a project that I started YEARS ago as a travel project...
Can you believe it? I am actually making a traditional Cathedral Window quilt! It's an I Spy CW at that! No two window fabrics are the same and they are all novelty fabrics. I hindsight, the novelty aspect is a bit tacky but it keeps me interested. Here's a closer view.
There are a couple of stories abut this quilt so I'll document them today. I started this quilt to honor my paternal Grandmother - G-Ma Ottaway. She started one of these in the late 70's or early 80's. She made it totally traditional including hand sewing the blocks together. She did not finish it and had told me at one point that it was stolen. I've always liked these quilts and decided to start one for myself. Starting around 2000 I was also traveling a lot with work and wanted a hand sewing project to do on trips. This is a well traveled quilt and has been to California and London and many places in between! I work on it in "panels" and then sew the panels together into one strip and then add the strip to the quilt. These are the LAST 3 panels that need to be done.
My G-Ma died in 1999. I was given all of her sewing stuff (no one else in that line of the family sews). I use one of her scissors on a lanyard around my neck for my sewing snips. Included in her sewing stuff was a box of the pieces of her Cathedral Window quilt but the uncle handling the estate said he could not find the quilt. I brought it all home but didn't do anything with it. My G-Ma had 4 sons, my Dad was the oldest. When my Dad was dying in 2003, my youngest uncle came to visit to say goodbye. My Mom and I were sitting and talking with him the day that Dad died when he told us that he had the quilt! I was so relieved to know that it was not stolen! He then proceeded to ask me and Mom to finish it so he could give it to my cousin. My cousin doesn't sew and doesn't know (appreciate) anything about sewing. I gently explained to him the amount of work that he was asking us to do. He said that maybe he could find some retired woman to finish it for him for a few hundred dollars! I told him "good luck".
I told him that I was making one for myself and wouldn't be able to put that much work into finishing G-Ma's quilt and then give it away. I thought it was pretty tacky for him to ask us to complete it for him - especially on that particular day. When I got home I promptly packed everything up with directions for making the quilt,instructions for caring for the quilt and a letter suggesting that my cousin might want to take up sewing to finish this project herself in memory of G-Ma. It was actually a relief to send everything off to him.
So back to my quilt. I have not worked on it in a couple years because I haven't been traveling. It's now going to be my "idle during Idol" project. It's so close to being done! I have to figure out how to finish off that outer edge though. I'd appreciate any suggestions that you have.
I have a diary of the hours spent on this and will log that on the blog soon. I'll also post some instructions for how I am making mine because I just know that lots of you really want to start one of these insane projects for yourself!