The Story of Our Quilt

Let me take you back to a day in October 2013, the protagonists being a couple of crazy paos and a kitten.


“Let’s make a quilt,” they said.
“Oh yes, the kitten is very helpful.”


And so, the quilt’s life progresses..
“Sirius is very helpful.”


Especially so as his love, the sewing machine, was out.


“Tamyra is wondering what the bits of post-it are all about.”

And so, the quilt had some edging added to it as we’d got a voucher and John Lewis had put out a limited edition special fabric. The quilt was all pieced together and I cut the back and edging.

But then we had to quilt it.

How should we quilt it?

With what should we quilt it?

What pattern should we use?

…. how do we start?

All these questions swirled in our minds as we contemplated the enormous task ahead of us. As neither of us had a clue what to do, the quilt sat languishly in a bag. There was a wrinkle in the back and we didn’t have floor space big enough to spread it to try and fix the wrinkle

And it languished, being tripped over and sighed over for several years.

Until mrspao had a relevation in 2017. A proficient and prolific quilter friend was showing off her quilts on Facecbook (other social networks are available) and it got mrspao wondering how she was churning them out so quickly as this lady had a full time job after all.

“I sent it away, of course!”
A lightbulb went on in mrspao’s head and she then sought to track this finisher of quilts down. And found her in the village hall opposite the house. Without a moment’s hesitation, she handed it over and said, “Please help. We’re desperate.”

pao and I visited the lady a few weeks later, and she gave us lots of options including, “I can finish this off for you”.

“Yes, please,” we cried.


And so we picked it up a couple of months later, just in time for our special trip for our 16th wedding anniversary.


We went champing!

Yes, that is correct, it really is camping in a church. Some people may say we cheated at the end but we chose everything and the lovely lady had the most incredible quilting set up so it wasn’t a difficult decision to hand over what we had done to get her to finish it. I’m thrilled with how it turned out!