Wednesday, August 6, 2014
I'm not a quilter. But the customer really wanted a matching quilt to go with the bear, and the story behind the fabrics was so sweet, I gave in.
I did warn her that it's going to be more free-form, like my potholders, instead of a strictly pieced "normal" quilt. She was okay with that. I also said that I was going to tie the quilt instead of machine quilting it -- aside from her time frame, which is short, and which would really put pressure on me -- did I mention, I'm not a quilter?
The fabrics arrived today -- a floral/paisley print moleskin skirt, a matching plummy moleskin jacket and a lavender silky blouse. The colors match much better than they do in the photo.
The two pieces are for her friend, who is about to have her first baby. She was very close to her grandmother, who died recently. My customer helped her friend pack up grandma's things, and while she was at it, she snagged this outfit from the closet -- grandma wore it to her friend's wedding, so it's very likely that there are some fond memories associated with it.
I got the clothing cut up this evening and cut out and stitched all the bear pieces. Tomorrow evening I'll get the bear stuffed and strung, and start in on piecing the quilt. I doubt I'll have enough fabric in the provided clothing to back it, but I told her I'd pick up a yard of coordinating solid-color cotton for backing if there wasn't enough fabric in the clothing. It's not a big expense and I'll get to use the remnants anyway.
In other news, I missed both my First Friday and Saturday events this past weekend, partly due to feeling like crap and partly because of weather. I did do my first sewing lesson on Sunday, which went well (and ran a little over).
My temp job is endless and boring and they're not keeping me busy enough -- if I have time to make long lists of all the things I need to do when I get home, I'm wasting my time and they're wasting their money. They seem to be okay with that. I wish I was.