The beast has been tamed!
And ain't she sweet? I wish I knew her whole story. Like many other items that get donated, when I found her at the thrift store she'd been rode hard and put away wet. But after
Closer inspection revealed many more problems just like that. I thought of removing her borders entirely, but the size and proportions seemed wrong.
Several sections of the border were sewn so close they had frayed edges, so I decided to take the whole border in about half an inch.
The second time I thought I was done, I gave her a good pressing on the back side and found another half dozen popped seems. More unpicking, more re-stitching, more pressing, more popped seems, rinse, repeat.
After I checked EVERY SEAM THREE TIMES, and repaired probably 30 small holes or popped seams I determined that she was, at last, in good repair.
Then I tried to baste her.
She would not lay flat! Oy! The sashing must have been too short or something. She had a huge ripple, and I did not know what to do about it. After I consulted my friend, Dana, I decided to leave it as is, but tying it was the only option. That way I could let the top have a little give. I anchored it by machine quilting in the ditch along the borders and then tied up the rest. I was lucky enough to find this Benartex print for the binding that they used in the quilt top.
At first I felt a little bad about donating a special needs quilt to a charity, but the more I think about it, the more fitting it seems. She sure is pretty, even if she's got some inside scarring. And she can serve a good purpose no matter what she looks like.
I may not know how she started, but I know how she'll end. Some little girl in need will pick her out of a pile of donated quilts, wrap her around herself, and love her pretty pinkness for a long time.
And so she needs a new name. On the beer goggles post, a commenter suggested I rename her Rose Colored Glasses.
Isn't that fitting?
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