Yesterday I got together with my quilting friends but we didn't do much quilting!
Somewhere I heard that asking a quilter to do mending is like asking Picasso to paint your garage. Yesterday I think we all were feeling a little like this. The quilting group is an off branch of the kindergarten because all of us at one time or another had kids that went there. Most of our kids are in college or high school now (two ladies still have jr. high school kids) but every year for the past 11 years our group has made a bed cover quilt for the kindergarten raffle. Once a month we get together and plan and sew the year's raffle quilt or bring our own creations to work on while we drink tea and chat.
A couple of weeks ago one lady was approached about helping to do some "sewing". There are nearly 100 kids who attend the kindergarten and every year they put on a Christmas program complete with little choir-like collars. The old collars weren't very well made to begin with (some of us mothers had made them at least 10 years ago) and so someone on the staff sewed new collars and got them to binding stage. This is where we come in. "Quilters? They sew right?" So we were asked to hand tack the binding onto both the inner and outer edges. We didn't think this sounded too bad (well, 100 collars had a bad ring but as it turned out we only had to do 50) but the kindergarten wants them back by the end of July (impossible!) This has turned out to be an enormous project. And not very interesting!!! Each of the six of us got ONE done yesterday while we were chatting. That leaves 44 MORE! I brought home 5 to do in the next week. Not difficult but BORING and the dang things take a long time!!! The Wonky Word Quilt has been put on the back burner again!
Ah well, we still got to drink tea and chat.