My son moved house a while ago and was busy packing up his stuff. The telephone conversation with him went something like this. “What are you going to do with that quilt I made you”, I asked, knowing that he didn’t use it. “I don’t really need it, Mum”, he said. “Well, send it back to me then”. I had visions of it being chucked out with the rubbish. So he packed it up in a carton, adding the wall hanging I had made him earlier , and they arrived like this.
The quilt was made especially for his 40th birthday. His working life revolves around writing about hi-fi equipment and music and I found a lovely musical print to use for the alternate blocks, plus another for the backing. I stitched stars using graduated fabrics in shades of yellow and orange, set against a black background. Using the cut off corners from the stars, I stitched them into flying geese blocks and used them in the borders. Took it along to my favourite commercial quilter, who suggested using motifs of musical notes. It all turned out rather striking, I thought.
So…….. what do I do now? Keep the quilt and hope he wants it back some time in the future? Don’t think this will happen as he had not used the quilt in five years. Use it ourselves? Or give it to another family member? Apart from being bundled up in a cupboard all this time, it is “as new”, and as bright and vibrant as when I first started stitching it.
Also included in the carton was a wall-hanging appliquéd with a New Zealand Kea. My son was an avid bird-watcher in his younger days and I made this for his 37th birthday. If I am completely honest I would have to admit that I am more than a little hurt that my son doesn’t want his quilt. But then……. he didn’t actually ask for one. What he did say was, “If you have to make me one, make it in black, yellow and orange”. So I shouldn’t have presumed that he really wanted a quilt now, should I? Sad, but true, I guess.