Back before March, maybe even last year! I took out a silk cot quilt kit I bought from Beautiful Silks remnants section and dyed the silk cover. I’ll be honest with you, Marian (the fabulous proprietor at Beautiful Silks) persuaded me to buy this kit and I didn’t know where it would go. Then the moment for me to give it to one pregnant friend passed without it being finished.
I was very happy with how the dyeing turned out.
I was intimidated by the next steps. It was just too beautiful. Silk is just a bit too precious for me to relax about. In about March, still not sure where it would go, I decided to add the silk batting and stitch the quilt edges together. Then I safety–pinned and tacked the quilt layers together before losing my nerve again.
Then it emerged that my daughter was expecting! She wanted to wait until after the third month before being really confident that it would, as she put it, “stick”. And when that date passed and all was well with the foetus, I started to think about this quilt again. I didn’t know how to quilt it, and to be honest, I like the patchwork part of making quilts but not the quilting part. I’ve never made a whole cloth quilt. Finally I decided to stop waiting for it to be perfect and just stitch.
Suddenly I made my peace with this cone of thread that really wasn’t what I had thought I was buying on some previous mail order, and chose a needle. I finished the stitching after we arrived to visit my daughter, now visibly pregnant and beginning to multiply plans for her life as a parent. She did rather seem to love it, wonky stitching and all, to judge by all the stroking and patting and cheek-placing–and we’ll have to see how it stands up to the rigours of an actual baby. Or perhaps it will end up as a new mother’s comforter!