Lat summer the thought came into my head that if the daughter of a school friend was to have a baby that she would really like to have a quilt. I thought back at myself, ‘I’m sure she would, but I am very busy, will have two new curriculums to refine, and classes to take. And for goodness sake, I have never heard that the daughter was married even, let alone family planning. I just wouldn’t have time to design, create, and sew together a quilt this year.’
The thought persisted. My counter thinking eventually wearing it down to a non- issue.
Then the thought came up again with the added suggestion that it would be a quilt made all of previously made appliqués. ‘Well, that would take care of design-and-create problems’, I countered. ‘But the quilting time on the frame will still be a lot. I just don’t think I will have the time.’ So I figured I had gotten rid of that thought.
So. It wasn’t really a surprise when that school friend pulled me aside and told me her daughter was going to have a baby and asked if I would make a quilt. When I didn’t answer she said,’I know you are very busy. I wouldn’t expect it right away.’ I explained about taking classes and refining curriculum. She admits it is a lot, but then she pulls out a bag and says, ‘what I was hoping you would do is take these old appliqués from my daughter’s quilt and make them into a new one for the grandbaby.’ She offered to pay me for my time – not really a reasonable thing with this kind of thing. Hand quilting takes way too much time. It has to be a labor of love.
Well. When your guides (and maybe hers) set you up, what are you supposed to do? I warned her it would not be done before school is out and might not get done befor summer was through. She claimed to be relieved that I was going to do it at all.
I did work on it randomly during the school year. I had one design idea to make buttons into bubbles for the fish and seahorse so. I think that would have been very cute. But when I showed my friend my progress in late Spring she was distressed by the size (thought it was too big) and worried that her grandbaby would eat the buttons.
So I stalled. Wasn’t sure what I would do now. I eventually fell into the idea of fabric paints and sea creature stamps. I stamped all over it, quilted around every big and little thing and added “ripples” where The space seemed to want something more. To me the ripples are symbolic of the ripples the granddaughter’s life will make in the universe. And the small pink starfish are symbolic of how she will make “her mark” wherever she goes in the world.
I got the quilt done last night. I have found a few things I want to fiddle with on the back. Thread loops that I want to make hidden, for example. I just have to use a needle to pull the loops into the layers until they lay flatter. I saw one ‘tail’ I didn’t catch earlier…
Anyway, Fred helped me take some photos, so I will post it now.