So Friday night after the dinner dishes were done the boys all played board games (my brother was staying with us for the weekend as well) and I asked Woodine to help me get the blocks into strips. I sewed the strips together and she pinned each consecutive strip to the next one and we got the entire top sewn together Friday night, albeit at 2am. I felt bad for keeping them up so late but they don't understand the feeling I felt when I went to bed. I had major adrenaline running through my veins. I felt completely exhilerated and it was hard to fall asleep. It was absolutely the BEST to have someone help with the project. Things came together so much faster and as I saw each stage finishing I would get such a feeling of accomplishment.
On Saturday I took them to my newest find, a Mennonite dry goods shop. They were able to pick out the fabrics for the back and binding. There was a little disagreement because Wood opted for "marigold" (a sort of bright apricot/orangy color, to be a contrast to the greens and blues) and Woodine wasn't quite convinced. They were finally able to agree on a less bold option. We also picked up tying needles and batting and went home to get the back put together. We got the back sewed together, layered and pinned our pieces, and began tying. Sunday evening we finished the tying, cut and pressed our binding strips, pinned and machine stitched them on and began the handsewing part. I felt so bad for having Wood and Woodine make their own wedding present but Wood says he thinks it means more to him now that's he's helped with the project, plus they learned alot about the process of making a quilt. They told me before they came that they really wanted to come and help me in any way they could - meals, kids, clean up, just to give me a break. They did all that plus put in hours with the quilt. They don't fully understand what a great break that was for me - I got to enjoy doing something I love while someone else saw to the children's needs, household duties and helped me with my project. There is nothing more fulfilling than a completed project and I am so glad they could take it home finished.
Here's the final result:
And here is Wood and Woodine. This is how they felt about getting to take their way overdue wedding present home!