Itʼs been 17 years.
Yes. Eleanor is responsible for my ﬁrst PHD. (Project Half Done)
One additional kid, two houses, a hundred or so quilts and a quilt store later... She started me on the road to a hobby, then a slight obsession, then an addiction. I learned so much along the way. For instance:
- The ladies at JoAnnʼs do not like to cut multiple quarter yard cuts.
- Pin Basting on Berber carpet in not a good plan.
-A quarter inch seam allowance means a quarter inch seam allowance...not almost a quarter of an inch.
-There is a difference between ironing and pressing.
- The book may tell you to get a 16” square ruler...but the quilt stores may not carry a 16” ruler. Anywhere. Within two states. (This was before everyone shopped online.) --Quilt books except you to know the language...there is no glossary in the back. ---Spray Basting on a Berber Carpet is also not a great plan
So many thing confounded me. “Cut 2 strips” it said, “2 inch by what?” I said. The knowledge I have now would tell me itʼs 2” by width of fabric, but at the time I was scratching my head. I also didnʼt know to cut it selvage by selvage, so the quilt is very stretchy. (I should have turned it into a trampoline.)
Then the TV would be turned on and there would be Eleanor, conﬁdently smiling and cutting with glee. She was mocking me. I just knew it. But since we didnʼt have cable and it was a tie between Eleanor and Barney I went with Eleanor.
“Quilt in a day my a** “ I would mutter, as she tossed a fabric scrap and smiled into the camera.
The top became ﬁnished...sort of. I tried to baste it but the ripples would not smooth out. It was supposed to be square, but it was a cross between a rectangle and a circle.
In frustration I attempted to throw the darn thing in the burn pile. My husband stopped me.
“Someday you may teach this” he stated, “And you will need to show people where you started.” I Laughed at laughed.... Heʼs the one laughing now.
Five years later I started all over and made a triple Irish chain baby quilt for my new niece. The victory was a hollow one, knowing that somewhere in the closet was the original quilt waiting to mock me at a moments notice. I vowed that if I ever met Eleanor, I would let her know just how I felt about the false advertising connected to her company name. Who cared that she had at-least ﬁve patterns you could make in a day? Who cared that she had successfully built a business that supported herself and her employees? Not me.....I had a bone to pick and I was bound and determined to pick it.
Until I ran into Eleanor Burns at Quilt Market.
“Howʼs your day going” She asked with her trademark grin.
“Just ﬁne!” I smiled back. Bawk Bawk Bawk...Yes. I chickened out. She just seemed to nice to blame, and besides...I got a quilt store out of the deal. Even though my original Quilt in a Day project is lurking in the attic somewhere, waiting to jump out at me some dark night...
So tell us about your Projects Half Done. What is the longest time it took you to complete one? What kind of adventures have you had? Whatʼs the biggest mistake you made and how did you ﬁx it?
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