Monday, August 15, 2016
The last gasp
I hung what I'm calling "Quilt National entry #1" on the wall in my front hallway in mid-April and it does make a dramatic statement. Actually two dramatic statements: first, "I'm knocking your socks off!!!!" and second, "I sure don't hang straight."
Ever since, I have been hearing both those statements every time I walk by, and avoiding the issue of the second one. Meanwhile I sewed Quilt National #2 and Quilt National #3. Then to further postpone the inevitable, I sewed some workshop samples, and dove into my back storage room to go through boxes. I found at least a cubic yard of stuff to give away or throw away; I unpacked, sorted, catalogued and repacked a half dozen boxes of stuff; I piled stuff all over my worktable for subsequent sorting, cataloguing and repacking. I watched some Olympics. I mended some pants. I read books.
But yesterday I couldn't avoid it any longer. I scheduled my date with the photographer for next week, took #1 off the wall and tried to figure out how to make it hang straight.
Laying it out flat on my worktable was out of the question; the table isn't really big enough, even if it hadn't by now been piled with stuff two feet thick. Probably not having a big enough work surface was the reason why the quilt went together poorly the first time. My living room floor turned out to be an excellent substitute, since its straight boards make a working grid. (No wonder it didn't hang straight -- notice all those ripples on the left-hand white stripe?)
Aha -- an idea. I decided to take the quilt to the photographer without totally sewing it back together first along the verticals. It will hang straight from its rod for the shoot, and then I will leave it up on his wall while I pin the bejesus out of it and take it home for its final stitches. I'll let you know how it turns out.