Friday, October 23, 2009

warning: this is going to be really sappy.



Guys, I'm done.

At 12:33 this afternoon, I finished my city quilt.

As with any quilt, the last thing I did was sew on the binding. I usually love that part. I love how nice and neat the binding make the edges look. I love feeling all of those layers of fabric and batting move through the machine. But today it made me anxious.

What if it's not that great?
What if I look at it and feel disappointed?
What if this really does turn out to be anticlimactic?
And, strangely, what if I'm not ready for this to be over?

But, I finished, cut the loose threads and spread it out on my table. And (this is where I'm going to get really sappy), I loved it. I felt all warm and proud and happy. I thought I would want to jump about and cheer. But I don't feel like that. I feel more complicated stuff. I felt glad that I did this. I love the result. Eye candy, baby, Eye candy. But, eye candy that is jam packed with meaning.

I feel nervous and vulnerable about this post because I feel like this post should be a really big deal. But honestly, I just want to throw it out there and get it over with. Little by little I've talked about what this project means and the little stories behind so many of the pieces...and so, already you understand so much about this project. But, oddly, I don't feel like I've said all I have to say about it. But, I don't really have it in me now.

I'm done.

I'm done!

I'M DONE!!!

Dave, bring home some champagne. I need a drink. ;)





I have been thinking about having a party to show her off, and I think it's something I really want to do. So, stay tuned for more details on that!

28 comments:

firefly said...

HOORAY!!!

Congratulations, Robyn! What a fantastic project. I can't wait to see the full thing in person.

JIW said...

wahoo! That is awesome! Well done, Mama Rice!

Cat said...

Wow! It looks great. It's quite different from what I had imagined!!! I love the fact that we have seen this project from beginning to end. You should be very proud!

Susan said...

This is awesome. I can't wait to hear more about it and see it in person. Hey! If you have a quilt party I could bring my wedding quilt. Except that firefly won't be there. And maybe that wouldn't really fit the theme. There are two cities depicted on my quilt. And I love cities.

Robyn said...

There are two cities on your quilt, Q? Boston? DC? Krakow? I can't remember. I just remember the pope and a hand with a ring and the school crests.

Susan said...

Toronto and DC. Good memory on Krakow but you put Poland on there :)

debs14 said...

This is amazing, you must be so proud of it. how do you show off a work of art like that? Will it be a wallhanging? So many hours and so many memories put into one project. A true family heirloom!
Well done, I'm so impressed!

Seeking La Loba said...

Bravo, Robyn. It's amazing. I can't wait to see it in person.

Julie said...

Congratulations! It is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Anne said...

Simply fantastic.

Stacey and Jayson Lavers said...

Job well done, Robyn!!

Maritza said...

I can truly appreciate what you are feeling. I am a quilter for many years and I know how you feel. I am also from Brooklyn, born and raised but now reside in Florida. What a beautiful; quilt wonderful tribute to home. Wow. Beautiful job.

Mama V said...

Robs!!

I'm a day late on my comment because I'm out of town but I wanted to finally yell "Woo hooo!!!!"

When you told me you didn't have enough batting earlier this week, I was a bit disappointed at the prospect of not being able to see a finished quilt sooner than later. But here you are surprising me! Woo hooo!!!!

And, I said this to you in person but I want to say it again: I think part of why this quilt looks so darn good -- besides all the incredible and adorable details -- is the layout, and I think laying stuff out is one of your strongest skills. I guess you have all those years of scrapbooking to thank for that, but the overall layout on this piece (besides Kirsten's awesome idea to make little city blocks that each tell a story) just makes this quilt look incredible!

Did you end up getting a glass of champagne?! Sending a virtual e-toast to you!

Jessa said...

It. Is. Stunning.

firefly said...

I am posting again because, after reading Vanessa's comment, I really wanted a chance to call you Robs too.

Fantastic job on the quilt, Robs!

Miss Vicki said...

wow!! I have tears in my eyes!! Wow!! I wish Mrs. Cleveland could see this. I am sitting here w/ your first sewing project in front of me (to refill)- "The great seamtress, Robyn Dill and her ever-practical pocket tissue holder."
Wow!!

Rhona said...

What a lovely quilt, I think the layout is fantastic and love the groupings which show off each element. You have every right to be proud of yourself, what a wonderful heirloom it will be. Now you need to scrapbook about it to tell the stories for each block ;)

Loralee said...

It's just amazing, Robyn. Nice work!

Robyn said...

Robyn, it really turned out wonderfullY!

PaperTurtle said...

Absolutely FABULOUS! And I'm so glad that you are so happy with it too. What a great feeling. It's wonderful, Robyn!

Anonymous said...

Robyn -- It is GORGEOUS! You should be so pround. It is not only beautiful, but every building, car, tree has some meaning. I love it :)

-Steph

Sarah Lou said...

Wow wow wow! iT has turned out amazing divinly wondefuly fabulous!
Congratulations. Its a masterpiece.

Heather said...

wow, love that quilt! its looks amazing :)

RachelB said...

Wow, this quilt is amazing. It looks like a lot of love and hard work went ito making it.

Kim -today's creative blog said...

OK...that is one of the cutest things I've seen. Amazing.

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

this is just too precious! My aunt teaches people how to make them. I wish I could have the patience. Job well done.

pk said...

I'm in awe... Such an incredible job. You should be so proud of it.

pk @ Room Remix

Family of Food said...

Hey, I just found you through Mandi and so I don't know the background to this quilt (I proise I'll check out the back posts), but it looks super cool to me. Great Job!