Thursday, November 4, 2010

Changing my mind

Spring Time Quilt with shoes
I made this quilt during the summer for my Mother-in-Law with the intention of giving it to her for Christmas.  I labeled it, packed it away in a perfect box, put it up on a shelf in my closet and updated my excel spreadsheet with a check in the DONE column for MIL.

I've now changed my mind.  I was listening to the latest Podcast from Quilting...for the Rest of Us by Sandy where she was discussing labeling quilts and she said something that struck me - almost instantly.  She said something along the lines of "You might not want to put in the label who it is for in case they don't like it - the quilt you made might not end up with the person you intended to give it too".  Oh, what a smart lady!  

It struck me that my MIL is not going to like this quilt as she is kind of, I don't know....hard to please?  (Note to MIL:  I mean that in the best sense possible!  No offense intended.)  Had to put that in just in case she were ever to find out in a million years that I have a blog.  Why will she not like it?  It doesn't work with any decor in her house and it is probably not big enough as a lap quilt.  

So, I talked it over with the husband last night and told him that I had changed my mind about this quilt and wanted to make her another one.  Also shared with him how I faked MIL out yesterday by calling her and asking her about the new curtain panels she had just put up in the room where is is most likely to use this quilt.  I pretended that I was going to make something for another family member who is about to have a special birthday and how much that person loves those colors.  By the end of the phone call I had where she bought them, the name of the panels and colors of fabric.  A quick look online and I had a photo on my desktop.  

I'm excited as the quilt I will make her will be my first "custom" quilt made specifically for someone with fabrics that are not all from the same designer.  Scary color choices but I received some wonderful help from Lindsay at Hawthorne Threads and placed my order for fabric this morning.  I'm going to use a pattern from the October/November #116 issue of Quilt Magazine- Page 76.  

I love telling my people that as a woman it is my job to change my mind.  he-he

2 comments:

  1. Very nice quilt! Love the lemons on your blog too! That'd be a fun thing abotu living in S CA! Citrus trees!

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