You didn't think I meant running did you?
Ha! There is no chance you would catch me RUNNING...let alone a marathon. I mean, the only sure way to get me to run is convince me that you are two seconds from killing me.
And I mean convince.
Not like when you are driving down the road and a cop turns on his lights behind you and your knees turn to water and you have convinced yourself that three miles over the speed limit IS too much...and then he pulls around you but more like you have the ginormous ticket in your hand.
I would need proof.
And I don't buy that "runners high" they talk about. Or the pushing through the pain to get to the good part...they tried to convince me that was how childbirth would be too...big. fat. lie. Unless running comes with an epidural you won't catch me doing it.
No...I mean the making a quilt in three days kind of marathon. A triathlon if you will. Sewing, quilting and binding. I bought the fabric in September. Cut the squares in February. And then didn't touch it again until the weekend before the recipients birthday.
I'm awesome like that...as in awesome at procrastination.
Day one: I sewed all my 5in squares together.
Day two: I ironed...I got every crease and fold perfect. The top was SO flat when I was done ironing. I tried to get Doug excited about it...but it didn't really work. :) I made the back of it on day two as well. I also pinned like the dickens. 100's of them through the front back and middle.
Day three: I quilted it...I ran a stitch on either side of my sewn together strips. To the left is the undone side...to the right is the finished side. I rolled it up as I moved onto the next row...this method worked pretty well.
This method worked perfectly for this quilt...all the way to the end.
Day three: I also made my very own binding. When I have hours more in my day I am going to open a shop that sells just designer fabric binding. I got this sweet little tool at Joanns...and it could not have been easier. I think it cost about $7 or so.
I had yards of binding...within MINUTES. So I did the binding on day three as well.
Then I washed it...and paced the floor to see what wonders the dryer would do to it.
I love it. AND I should be able to get it to the birthday girl in time for her birthday.
Which, sadly, will not discourage me from procrastinating in the future.
I think it is my best work yet.
I am still pretty shocked that I got the pattern perfectly...I am usually so easily tripped up by patterns.
I also had a few squares leftover...so I made her a matching doll quilt. :)
So even though I didn't run...this definitely counts as a marathon.
And I have heard childbirth compared to running a marathon...so this would make marathon #3.