Some years ago I made “There's Music in the Stars” for my son’s 40th birthday. My son’s line of work was writing about hi-fi and music so I made him a quilt with a musical theme. With stars in graduated orange and yellow, and alternative blocks made from a black and white musical print, it was quite a graphic quilt, I thought. I took the quilt to be commercially quilted, and it was very nicely done with musical notes quilted in the stars and borders. Michael never used the quilt and when he shifted house he told me he didn’t want it. Having visions of the quilt ending up in the tip, I asked him to send it home to me.
The quilt spent the next couple of years folded up out of sight on my quilt rack while I pondered what to do with it. I didn’t want to use it myself as the colours didn’t really suit our bedroom. Perhaps I would offer it to my 17 great nephew? Young lads usually like music and anything black, I reasoned. We travelled up to Hastings to catch up with this side of the family. Success – yes he likes it! This one is certainly more grown up than the train quilt I made him some years ago.
Planning ahead, I had brought up the makings for a new label, which I quickly finished off and stitched beside the original one. There, that keeps the quilt history intact.
That’s a worry off my mind – I didn’t want to sell the quilt so I am really pleased it now has a new home. Even better that it is with a family member.