There was a feeling of determination in the air during the second session spent putting the quilt together. As with the first week it was held at Chawton House Library, with a mix of quilters and Museum volunteers coming to help finish the two quilts. At the first session, the blocks had been pressed and cut to size, and the sashing prepared, so everything was ready to start joining the blocks. The day was set up in the same way as the previous one, with the room divided into four areas. However this time, as well as the school panel and Admiral’s quilt, there were two workstations set up for machine sewing.
Most of the group had attended the previous session which meant that everyone quickly got settled and straight on with their sewing duties. The next task on the school panel was to applique the road, which had been made by hand sewing lace on top of grey ribbon. It felt apt to use it in the centre of the quilt as it has been made by volunteers at the Museum using Regency techniques. Pippa once again managed the Admiral’s quilt activities, and by the end of the day it was nearly finished, ready for quilting.
Lucy and I had previously decided on the layout for the wallhanging and, due to the size, these blocks were laid on the floor. There were several amusing moments when the lovely little dog at the Library came over to have a peek, but he didn’t walk on it – it was as if he knew! By lunchtime there were several rows together and, I have to confess, when I saw it I had ‘something in my eye’. After all the hard work from so many people it was wonderful to see it all coming together.
Although a chilly winter’s day, I went for a walk in the garden at lunchtime, as did most of the participants. The garden looked beautiful, and it was a good place to take a break from the sewing and reflect on how the project had progressed.
In the afternoon, more rows were put together and the quilt quickly grew. To keep it manageable the plan was to make it in three panels, join them together and finally stitch a border on to the top and bottom. By the end of the day, the outer two panels were nearly finished so there wasn’t too much to do to get it ready for the next stage of it's journey - to visit the quilter.