So what have I been working on for the last two and a half weeks you ask? I'll show you... well, let me explain first. My visiting teaching companion (Heidi) emailed me around November 25 and told me she needed some help with a sewing project. She asked if I could help her, I told her I would be more than willing to help. Usually when someone asks that kind of question, they are referring to me showing them a technique or something of the sort.
Well... she had something else in mind. As we started to talk about it, she got this guilty smile on her face that made me a bit worried. She's a photographer, so once we get into her apartment, she starts off by saying she wants to trade services. I told her I'm all for that... Then she tells me how much she charges for a photo session ($75-100) and says that she has a project that she thinks is worth that much. UH-OH! Now the wheels are turning in my head... she wants me to fix something that has already been started...
She tells me about how her younger sister started a T-shirt quilt over the summer and got overwhelmed with it, and Heidi told her sister she would finish it for her. But Heidi has two kids under the age of 2... so she doesn't have time to finish it. (I'm thinking, "ok... I can sew straight lines... I can do this") Then she tells me that her sister doesn't really know how to sew, and she didn't give her very good instructions on how to sew a T-shirt quilt, so it's not very well done. (I'm thinking "ok... can you show me what "not well done" looks like?") And then on top of that she asks me to finish it before Christmas! (I had projects of my own that I wanted to start and finish before Christmas. I still don't have a nursing cover for myself... and I want to make a carseat cover... and I was toying around with making a few things for my nieces and nephews... so much for any of those projects being done before Christmas...) She pulls it out and I immediately get overwhelmed... Now I'll show you the before and after pictures. Oh! and she tells me that she doesn't want me to undo any of her sisters original stitching, so any holes need to be patched up...
[caption id="attachment_367" align="aligncenter" width="640"] this is the first side she showed me... I was quite overwhelmed. Actually, I got overwhelmed every time I looked at it...[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_368" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Then I find out there's a second side i have to fix! notice the holes? and how uneven the sides are... ug! Oh and did I mention that the two sides aren't the same size either? It just kept getting better and better :)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_366" align="aligncenter" width="640"] This is most certainly not perfect... actually I debated even putting it up, it's that bad. But I never claimed to be a quilter...[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_365" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Second Side. Oh! I'm so happy that it's over. And now I get free newborn shots of my baby :)[/caption]