I could not be any more happy than I am at this moment to have this quilt off my To-Do List.
Vivian’s Flowers . . . in all it’s huge glory . . . 92″ x 107″ of it, to be exact.
Commission jobs involving handwork are a lot of . . . well . . . work.
The original story of it is here: Vivian’s Flowers . . . where I tell about taking on the job of making this quilt.
I love how it turned out. I love the fabrics in the flowers. I love doing handwork. It was fun to make, even if it did take me a long time.
It was even fun to quilt. If this quilt were mine, I’d have done so much more with the quilting, but when it’s the customer’s, you do what they ask. In this case, it’s a good thing, because this was quicker and easier than what I would have chosen.
But the most fun was delivering it to Mary. Because now I am finished with it. Whew! What a job!
During the making of this quilt, I was in contact with Mary every so often, just to keep in touch and let her know that I hadn’t forgotten about it, and giving her progress updates. During this time, back in October, Mary suffered a stroke. (This was after her broken foot incident.)
She’s made a remarkable recovery, and the only tell-tale signs she’s left with is having to sometimes use a walker, very minimal speech impairment, and some trouble coming up with a word she wants to use now and then. As she puts it, “the elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top any more.” But she’s still Mary, and just the cutest little thing.
Mary absolutely loved the quilt. She got so excited, she couldn’t speak at all for a little bit . . . then she cried. Then she squealed, and said how much she wished Vivian herself could see it. I helped her spread it out on the bed in her guest room, and she oohed and aahed over it for the longest time. She was over-the-top happy to have it done and on the bed. So was I . . .
Then she promptly asked if I’d do another quilt for her. She gave me some blocks to come up with a design for a throw quilt. Thankfully, no handwork on this one, so it should go much more quickly. What am I thinking?