When Forgetfulness – Or Laziness – Comes Back To Bite You


Six years ago, I made a quilt for Mlle Tialys’s 18th birthday as I had done for her (slightly) older sister.

I can’t remember the pattern I used but it used a jelly roll and was some sort of hidden stars design as you can see below.

Mlle. Tialys the Elder was presented with her quilt on her 18th birthday but had to give it straight back to me as I hadn’t finished it so the Younger fared better in that hers was quilted and bound.  It has since languished across a chair in her bedroom because it is a large double size and (from choice) she has a single bed.

Recently she decided she wanted to go and live in England and share Mr. Tialys’s commuter flat together with her sister who’s already there.  In the required ‘upgrade’ to a three-bedroom flat, a double bed was purchased for her and so I thought I’d send the quilt over for her to finally use on a bed as nature intended.

However, when I picked up the quilt to give it a wash before packing it up I realised that, either from wanting to get it finished in a rush or just sheer laziness, I had only done the absolute minimum of quilting.

All I’d done was quilted around each star.

Extreme minimalism which, I realised, just wouldn’t do now it was going to be actually used on a bed.

What was I thinking? Don’t ask – it was six years ago and any reasoning (or forgetting) that went on at the time is lost in the mists.

As the quilt was already bound I thought I’d have to take it all off but I did some research and found somebody else who had asked the question on a quilt forum and the news was surprisingly good.  Apparently, some quilters actually do this intentionally.  They do some minimal quilting, then bind it, which helps stablilise the quilt for further quilting.  Who knew? I didn’t but I might pretend I did if anyone asks.

Of course, that meant I had to wrestle the quilt under my domestic machine so, all I did was stitch in the ditch along the vertical and horizontal lines formed by the design which fortuitously happen to encase each star in a square.  It’s still far too scant really but it’s better than it was.

The third horizontal line in this photo is actually a fold crease in the fabric not an intentional quilted line – in case you were wondering 🙄

In my defence m’lud, I did hand quilt those stars which is probably why I went down the ‘minimalist’ road originally, supporting the verdict that it was probably laziness rather than forgetfulness which the prosecution had suspected all along.  The evidence is now on its way to England in the back of a car courtesy of some friends who are driving back after visiting their holiday home here for the Summer.

So it all turned out well (and very bright) in the end.


, , , , , , ,

  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on September 2, 2019 - 08:15

    It is really pretty and will keep your daughter nice and snug.

    • #2 by tialys on September 2, 2019 - 14:39

      That’s all the family done now!

  2. #3 by Wild Daffodil on September 2, 2019 - 08:29

    Good job – So cheerful!
    Do you now have an empty nest?

    • #4 by tialys on September 2, 2019 - 14:41

      Unless you count the 5 cats and two dogs that are in occupation, yes – although Mr. Tialys has a full nest over in the U.K. when he’s working.

      • #5 by Wild Daffodil on September 2, 2019 - 15:09

        I hope you are enjoying this new phase – I felt very weird for the first few months after my last of 3 left home. Not sad or negative, just odd.

      • #6 by tialys on September 3, 2019 - 09:49

        Sort of enjoying it but it’s a bit of an odd situation with Mr. T. still commuting.

  3. #7 by thecontentedcrafter on September 2, 2019 - 09:09

    You do make me laugh! And I really like this quilt pattern – I like how you have to look for the stars at first and I like the colours you have used. It’s really bright and funky.

    • #8 by tialys on September 2, 2019 - 14:41

      Outside of my usual colour comfort zone but sometimes a ‘bit of bright’ makes a nice change.

  4. #9 by katechiconi on September 2, 2019 - 09:25

    I will only say, You are Not Alone. My very first quilt has the same sort of minimal quilting. It’s currently folded tidily in the cupboard, and every time I catch a glimpse I tell myself I should unpick everything, and redo the batting, backing and quilting. Not too tricky, just boring for the most part. Mlle Tialys’ quilt is fun, colourful and worth rescuing, so well done on biting the bullet and getting it done.

    • #10 by tialys on September 2, 2019 - 14:42

      I thought of somebody looking at it in the future and commenting on my sparse quilting and, in all conscience, I just couldn’t let it out of the house without fixing it.

      • #11 by katechiconi on September 2, 2019 - 16:44

        It’ll last better, too, because the layers won’t bag, separate and rub together. Ask me how I know…

      • #12 by tialys on September 3, 2019 - 09:50

        Yes, I know it was the right thing to do but my heart did sink a bit when I first realised how little I’d originally done.

      • #13 by katechiconi on September 3, 2019 - 11:15

        Ah well, you won’t make the same mistake again. And it’s done.

  5. #14 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 2, 2019 - 10:19

    Lovely quilt! We all try to get away with things we know we can’t get away with sometimes. I’d not heard of people quilting after binding either.
    On the unfinished note, I upgraded our set of family Christmas stockings to patchwork quilted ones the year Lovely eldest was Christmasing in New Zealand, so being lazy I saved making her’s for the next year. The next year I left it so late, she ended up using hers unbound at the top and, due to my exquisite procrastination skills, the next year too!

    • #15 by tialys on September 2, 2019 - 14:44

      It’s one of those things that become a family talking point though isn’t it? Making memories and all that..

  6. #17 by KerryCan on September 2, 2019 - 13:02

    I can’t begin to imagine having to wrestle a quilt that size under a sewing machine needle! I guess that’s why I always resort to hand quilting. I’m awfully glad you didn’t have to take the binding off, etc.–if that had been the case, it might’ve been easier to just start a whole new quilt!

    • #18 by tialys on September 2, 2019 - 14:45

      If I could hand quilt like you do, I’d never put a quilt near a domestic machine after it had been pieced either.

  7. #19 by claire93 on September 2, 2019 - 14:08

    so pleased to see that things turned out happily ever after with this quilt!
    Mlle Tialys the Younger, will be well-pleased to have this in her new bedroom, and will probably need it if she’s swapping French climate for English climate!

    • #20 by tialys on September 2, 2019 - 14:46

      I like to think of all three of them with their own quilts made by me when they’re over in the U.K. which, in the case of the girls, is probably more or less permanently now (apart from visits of course).

  8. #21 by Laurie Graves on September 2, 2019 - 15:05

    So cozy and colorful! Lovely to think of a daughter snuggled underneath. Sounds like it was a lot of work to finish it, but so worthwhile.

    • #22 by tialys on September 3, 2019 - 09:50

      It was less work than if I’d had to take the binding off but still a bit of a struggle to get it under the machine.
      I hope your writing is coming on nicely.

      • #23 by Laurie Graves on September 3, 2019 - 15:52

        The end is in sight!

      • #24 by tialys on September 5, 2019 - 15:54

        The end is now behind us and he is free 😺

  9. #25 by sew2pro on September 2, 2019 - 20:32

    It’s gorgeous! I wish I could be as forgetful and lazy as you!!

    • #26 by tialys on September 3, 2019 - 09:51

      It’s an underestimated skill 😉

  10. #27 by magpiesue on September 2, 2019 - 22:47

    What a cheerful quilt! So glad the ‘fix’ was relatively easy. My early quilts were tied, not even quilted – never hand quilted mind you. I’d say well done overall. 🙂

    • #28 by tialys on September 3, 2019 - 09:53

      It is a cheerful one isn’t it – much more colourful that I’d have chosen for myself but it was fun to work on for that reason.

  11. #29 by kathyreeves on September 3, 2019 - 04:07

    That is a fun quilt, she will enjoy using it in her new bed, I’m certain!

    • #30 by tialys on September 3, 2019 - 09:54

      I think she will – she chose the fabrics originally although it was so long ago she probably doesn’t remember that.

  12. #31 by Alison Toni on September 3, 2019 - 13:44

    It’s a gorgeous quilt and a really clever design.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: