I just finished piecing this quilt top for a bedroom wall
hanging. I call it my new life quilt. It’s the first major sewing project I’ve
undertaken since I remarried in 2010. In many ways it represents my life as it
is now. All the individual pieces in different colors, designs, and shapes come
together to make a whole.
This project wasn’t easy. So many little pieces and all those corner had to meet just right. The pattern comes from a quilting magazine—something
I’ve never used before. (Quilt Almanac 2013--pattern called "Sweet Maple.") The original colors in the magazine were black and
green. I wanted brown and green. That entailed a couple hours in the quilt
store, trying to pick the perfect fabric.
All the cutting was done with a rotary cutter, which requires
exactness. If I didn’t get each piece the same as the others, I had to adjust
the seams when I sewed. Okay, check out that saw blade border! THAT was a bear to do!
All those tiny triangles had to be sewn together into squares and then the
squares sewn into rows.
Unfortunately, when I completed the saw tooth rows, they were too
big for the quilt. See how they meet at the corner square in the picture? Well, they didn't at first. There was about a half inch overlap on each side. That means the rows were an inch too big. I have no idea how that
happened, but I can tell you I was aggravated. I set the quilt aside for a
week, debating whether or not I would just toss the saw blade border in the trash
and use a plain fabric border.
Then I got stubborn. I LIKED the saw blade border, so I had
to make it work. I tightened it up by making the seams between each triangle
square a tiny bit bigger. And I had to play around to get it right. TEDIOUS. Then
I had to rip the old seams out. Sometimes several seams because I had to redo some. More TEDIOUS. That
left holes where the old seams were, but they mostly disappeared when I ironed
the quilt top.
Now I’m glad I took the
time to do it. I think the saw tooth border really makes the quilt.
I guess that's why this quilt reminds me of my new life. God has
taken the pieces of my past and sewn them into a patchwork quilt that is what makes me who I am now. He adjusted seams here and there to make things fit, sewing them into
place. Sometimes He had to rip out old seams. That hurt. And sometimes there
were holes left behind, but they are being ironed out with time and God’s love.
The end product (in this project AND my life) is worth every bit of work.