Before we got married Tom and I were always looking for things to do that were free or inexpensive. I have no idea how we got the idea, but we decided to make a quilt. Actually, I think Tom came up with the idea and I sort of poo-poo’d it. I didn’t think we could do it. I had no idea where to start. It was my mom who stepped in and got us going. She was an avid sewer who gave us some good advice on where to start along with tons of left over fabric. Tom’s mom added to the collection and so did my best friend. I had a book with tons of stitching information and discovered it has a huge section on quilting. That provided us with the scoop on thread, batting and backing that we needed to launch the project.
The quilt you see below is completely hand done. Every block was pieced by hand. It took several months to complete the top and then the quilting began. We used 12 inch hoops to hold the material so we had to move them a lot. It always seemed that one of us was in the middle of a hoop when the other needed to move his/hers, but it was fun creating something that would, and has, become a heirloom.
Believe it or not, we completed it before we got married. It took about 18 months from start to finish. I remember many late nights spent watching Saturday Night Live and quilting the night away! It was a labor of love but more importantly, it was the birth of a partnership that has lasted a lifetime. I guess you could say it is a symbol of our marriage. Together we take on challenges, figure out how to conquer them, and do the job together. Tom is the peanut butter to my jelly…. There is nothing we can’t do together!