Last December Nancy Russell set a goal to have her Dear Jane quilt finished in time to hang in the guild's April quilt show. Nine years after beginning she still had a lot to do: most of the blocks were finished but not put together. The borders were not quilted. She worked on it doggedly all winter, spending every early morning and lunch hour quilting, and took it along on vacation to Florida in February. As the date for the show loomed, she was still far from finishing. She took a week off from work to make a big push. She got up early and went to bed late, barely breaking for food. She lamented to her friend, Mara, “I’m not going to make it.” Her response: “Just keep sewing!” On Friday night at 5 pm she still had one border to attach and the binding to complete. What to do?? She packed up her quilt and sewing machine and headed for the Marriott. When she checked in she said she still had a couple of hours of work left and was graciously sent to the back room to work. A couple of hours? Hah!
At 9 p.m she was just starting to hand sew the binding in place. Moments later three friends showed up. They each took a side and started sewing. At 11:00 the binding was nearly finished but one corner needed some repair work and Nancy went to the machine to fix it. But then the hanging crew showed up. 'TURN OFF THAT MACHINE NOW!! THAT QUILT IS GOING UP NOW!!" She quickly pinned the last corner of binding in place, pinned on the sleeve, and relinquished the quilt. AND IT WAS HUNG!
Nancy is so grateful to all who showed incredible patience and helped her to achieve her goal. She would have been devastated if the quilt had not made it into the show. And her granddaughter, Kayla, did get to come to the show and see it displayed!