My "Jamestown Landing" quilt has returned from it's travels and it came back to me more beautiful than I could ever hope for.
This project was a Bonnie Hunter quilt that I'd found in an Australian Magazine at least 3 years ago, if not longer. I know I started working on it at a November retreat I went to in Indiana 3 years ago so it's been around a long time!
I worked on the hundreds of parts over time, stopping and starting in between other quilts. I finally decided back in either January or February that I was getting it done come hell or high water. While assembling the top I'd text and email my BFF's Robin and Michelle pictures of my progress and I'd get a message back stating this part or that part was not where it belonged. I'd double and triple check my layout with the magazine and see I was doing it right. FRUSTRATION definitely set in!
FINALLY in about April or May I bought Bonnie Hunter's book and found the magazine had the layout wrong...... rip, rip, rip....
In the end, I got the top assembled and shipped off to Michelle for quilting. I don't remember if it was late October or early November, figuring I'd have it back around now. I always tell Michelle "no rush". She's had some life moments going on so I didn't want to pressure her, especially since the quilt wasn't for anyone in particular.
"Jamestown" was mailed back to me on 12/9 with an expected 12/16 arrival date in NJ. Michelle and I tracked it from the 16th on and although some would say "that wasn't that long a time", when you are the recipient and shipper and the tracking stops back on 12/10 and you're talking to rude people at both end in the PO, you get frustrated.
So, long story longer....it came home yesterday, and I'm thinking that if quilts could talk I wonder what this one would have to say?
I think it's gorgeous and Michelle's quilting is exquisite.....
I'll be making the binding and tacking it down as one of my January 2014 Big 3 list items for sure......