I did a quilt on Sunday for a brand new quilter. I had picked the quilt up at the LQS at the beginning of May. I knew the quilt was wonky, but I didn’t really take the time to inspect just how wonky. There was just something about this first-time quilter that struck me. You know when you’ve met a genuinely nice person. She was so excited about her quilt, but at the same time she was apologetic because she knew she had made it without any instruction and that it wasn’t the best quilt in the world. Still, she had made it and she felt she wanted it quilted so she could enjoy it. In cases like those, I gladly do the best I can to make the quilt nice and make the customer happy that she has embarked on this journey of increasingly more wonderful quilts. Her fabric choices were sunny and bright too, and it made me happy just to look at the quilt. So, I got it out of the bag and loaded it. OY! The eight inch squares were parallelograms, trapezoids, and rectangles. The seam intersections did not all meet, and the seam allowances were 5/8″. Still, I was not afraid, because I knew I had the miracle of the Circle Lord Baptist Fans on my side. Here are some photos of the quilt with it’s wonkiness on the frame: And here are some pictures of the finished quilt. You can see that the arcs of the Baptist Fan helped to smooth out the fullness of the piecing and it turned out to be a cute little quilt. The customer loved it, and I have a feeling it won’t be the last quilt she ever makes. She’s got the class list from the LQS, she now knows about 1/4″ seams and square rulers, and she was very excited to get her quilt back.
A new quilter and, hopefully, a loyal customer, is born!