My mother was a beautiful quilter, but as she aged her skills decreased, but not her spirit. She set about this task, as if it would be her last, and it was. She cut out a stack of these simple square blocks with a plastic template. All were less than accurately cut, but as serious as she was, I was equally as serious about laying them out. Not stitching them on the machine as fast as she would like, my mother worked to stitch them together by hand. It was her way of sewing. She meticulously sewed everything by hand, even dresses for me when I was little.
The project had to be put away as my mother’s needs grew, and I had all I could do to take care of her, instead of finishing the comforter. I assured her that I would get to it as soon as I could and my sister would receive her comforter. And so, over six years after my mother died, I decided this holiday season to get it back out, determined that I would finish it for my sister. The backing and batting were ready for its completion. It was a simple enough task to complete it in a few days, or so I thought. The only challenge was having a table large enough to lay it out on, as our beds are used nightly and speed is not my style these days.
Anyone that knows anything about quilting knows that the usual process of making a comforter is making the top and then building the “quilt sandwich”by layering the backing, the batting and then the top. This one is already mostly tied and is now fat and huge, and I will have to reconstruct the top, adding borders while the backing and batting are already hooked together though the edges are raw and open.
None of this is difficult, only time consuming and awkward as the batting and backing are already attached up to the edges where the borders were to be finished.. I will have to baste on more batting where needed to extend it out to what will be the new edge and then do a flush edge with a tucked under outer seam all the way around. The plan is sound except that we had centered the backing, instead of leaving it longer on the bottom, so I would have to cut off the extra backing at the top and add it to the bottom of the backing, in the same manner as I had added the borders to the top. I now know why I don’t do many bed-sized quilts as we had to add an extra fold up table and ironing board to extend my mother's dining room table, filling up the entire room to support this work..