“Perfect timing. I’ll just put the coffee pot on.” Tina said as she opened her door to her best friend Val. “Then you can join me as I drool over my latest treasure.”
She make a quick stop in the kitchen, then led Val down the hall to her sewing room. “Maya was here this morning and brought me a huge box of cotton fabric for making quilts. You’re going to turn so green when you see the variety in this box. But I’ll share,” she added with a grin.
Val laughed. “That’s what friends are for. Oh, wow!” Her eye swept over the colorful counter.
On the sewing cabinet was a huge box that had been full of fabric. By now most of it was spread out on the counter Tina used to cut out her fabrics. Val fingered the various pieces. “These do look like good quality cottons.”
“Maya says her Aunt Emma worked exclusively on quilt tops these last years.” Tina dug in the box and pulled out another pile. “And to think she was willing to part with all this for only twenty dollars.”
“Well, if Aunt Emma’s moved into the nursing home, and Maya doesn’t want boxes of her things piled around…”
Tina’s exclamation interrupted her. “Oh. What’s this?” She was lifting out a large shoe box stuffed in a shopping bag. Eagerly she slid the box out and opened it up.
“Looks like something’s been started and never finished,” Val commented as Tina spread the pieces out. “I have a few of those, too.”
The two friends spread out the contents of the box and found three blocks sewed together but they couldn’t recognize the pattern. Various small squares and triangles had been cut and stacked, ready to be assembled.
Tina help up one block and frowned. “Something isn’t right here. Well, Maya did warn me that I might find a project her aunt got stuck on and never finished. This must be it. Apparently Emma cut out the pieces, then misplaced the original pattern. She sewed several block together but they weren’t right, so she just stuffed it away in the cupboard. Maybe she thought she’d come across that pattern again someday and never did.”
“These could go together a number of different ways,” said Val as she laid out some of the pieces to make a few different quilt blocks. “But it’s hard to tell what pattern she had in mind and how these smaller triangles are supposed to fit in.”
Tina looked over the stack of fabric spread out on her cutting table. “I guess I could just forget about this, seeing there’s enough fabric to piece together at least three other quilt tops.”
“Well, yeah. Still, it seems a shame to leave this one unfinished when the pieces are all cut and ready to sew. Perhaps we can figure it out yet.”
“Here’s a clue.” Tina pulled a scrap of paper from the bottom of the box.“Home Treasure. Ring a bell?”
Val shook her head. “If that’s the name of a quilt block pattern, I’ve never heard of it. I’ll keep my eyes open, though.”
“Well, let’s just set this aside for now. I’ll see what Google can tell me. But I think these fabrics,” she picked up several piles and laid them together, “would make a nice Ohio Star. Anyway, let’s grab some coffee to fire up our imaginations.”
Later that afternoon when she went online Tina was disappointed to find that Google couldn’t tell her much about the block called Home Treasures. But then, so many quilt blocks have a variety of names and apparently Home Treasures wasn’t a commonly used name for any.
A week later Val again rang Tina’s chimes and when she opened the door Val waved a quilting magazine in her face. “Found it! I had to look through every single magazine in my stack, but I did find one by that name.”
“Wow,” said Tina, appreciating just how many quilting magazines there were in Val’s stack. “You are a true friend!”
“It’s a variation of the Sawtooth Star. Now let’s see if this works with the pieces already cut.” So off they went to the sewing room and laid out several blocks.
“Yes!” Tina squealed. “This is going to work. This must be the one. Now I’m eager to get started.”
Val was looking at one of the blocks already sewed. “It’s easy now to see the mistake Emma made when she put her blocks together. This part got turned around. Now that you know how it should look, it’ll be easy-peasy.”
Tina laid out another block. “Reminds me of a saying my mom always quoted: ‘A job well begun is a job half done.’ ”
Daily Prompt word : Unfinished