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The 17 year quilt project

When the eldest was five years old, I decided I would make a quilt for her bed. Not just any quilt, but one that would last years and fit the size of a double bed. Now back then my health was much better and I was able to sit at the sewing machine for more than an hour or so. The quilt probably took me about six months to design and sew but since I had never made one before, I thought this was good timing. It turned out fabulous and over the years it has been re-sewn many a time, and finally a cover was made for it. The eldest is now twenty-three, and she still uses the quilt on occasion. A few years after my first quilt, I made a second one for middle child. Years went by and as my health deteriorated, sewing became less and less. Thus the seventeen year quilt project came into existence.

Our youngest, the teenage boy is still without a quilt and reminds me of this quite frequently. If I ask him why he hasn’t done a particular chore, he will ask where his quilt is? Finally, I asked him what design he would like? This decision took him approximately a year or so and then when he did give me the design he wanted, I cringed. It is beautiful but ridiculously difficult and I am not that good of a sewer. Either way, it was the design he wanted and of course it had to be large enough to fit his queen-sized mattress.

About a year ago, I enlisted the help of my husband to assist with drawing and cutting out the pattern and he even said I was nuts to try to sew it, but it is what the teenage boy wanted and I have slacked in making his quilt. So far I have sewn the base, cut out the parts of the star and ironed them for sewing but nothing has happened since then. My excuse is the nice weather came, I am busy with my garden, swimming and I can only sit for short periods of time. Luckily the teenage boy decided to attend university in town, so I figure I have at least another year before he may move out. The seventeen year quilt project will easily become the eighteen year quilt but it will be made with love, so I think he will use it for at least eighteen years.

My husband’s hobbies

My husband has a problem , he can’t sit still,  so when he is not at work, he is busily doing things around the house. Years ago, while our eldest was on a school trip in France, the other two children and me were visiting my brother in Barbados, hubby stayed home to take care of our two dogs, work and stain the new staircase. He has refinished many pieces of furniture for me and together the two of us have upholstered a couch and love seat. He loves his flower garden but not my vegetable garden, though he will till it for me, and help plant the different veggies he doesn’t particularly care for.  His newest project has him building and designing ceramic tables for our patio. He has had practice for this, he made a ceramic tile design on our old kitchen table, which now hangs on our living room wall as art (much to the chagrin of the teenage boy). The old kitchen table, which took hubby six months to create:

Our kitchen table (1024x664)

The new ceramic table, (not grouted yet):

Matt's ceramic table

The layout for the second table:

Table under construction

I have no idea what his next project will be, but we are running out of leftover tiles.

Update, tiling finished (tiles purchased from the ReStore – Habitat for Humanity), just waiting for base to be painted:

ceramic tables (1024x592)