Kathy, thank you for being the “kick in the pants” to get me back on the blog again. I did indeed finally finish The Splendid Sampler quilt and yes, that finger that was sewn through was a huge factor in why it’s taken me so long. That hurt. It still hurts. Anything that involves using the tip of my finger (it was just about 1/4″ in from the tip where the needle hit) is still very sensitive. But wait! There’s more!
In 6 weeks time, my mom passed away. My husband was involved in a major car accident (not his fault) that totaled his car and sent him to the hospital. I sewed through my index finger. And had a major change to my career path. As a result, I’ve made some big decisions, including going back to school to get another degree. So I’m making peace with the past and looking forward to the future. I start in May and can’t wait!
I figured I spent between 30-35 hours on the border alone for this quilt. Most of that was because I’m still learning how to mark a quilt efficiently as well as how to get from one point to the next with as little traveling as possible. I have no idea how much time I spent on the main portion of the quilt. All in all, I had 200k + in the body of the quilt, but ended up with nearly 500k at the end, so half or more of the stitches are in the border – which is pretty much what I expected based on my plan for quilting it.
I’ve done literally no sewing in the meantime. Today was the first time I turned on my sewing machine, other than the binding, in a month. I’m hoping to knock a few easy things out over the next few weeks to mentally give myself the impression that I’m catching up. This is the April pillow cover for the monthly kits. I skipped right past March but it’s one that could be used throughout the year. I’ll quilt this one tomorrow and maybe I’m on the road to regular quilting again. I missed all of you!