And I am so excited because after nearly two years I finally have something to enter!
My very first entry will be or is the White Stars quilt that I made for JR, my brother in law's son. JR had suffered from
I do apologize to my readers for bringing this story back up again and I also apologize to all of you that my husband's side of the family can not get their story(s) straight! It proves to show that when your not a close family the communication lacks badly!
Back to the quilt!
When it came to this quilt it was after hearing the news that JR was at the time in the hospital and the over whelming feeling to make a quilt for him came out of no where. I felt really compelled that JR should have something that he could take with him to keep the hospital. Regardless if JR used it or either of his siblings or his parents used it while at the hospital. It would be something that came from home.
Once I established what quilt I was going to make for JR, it was then the question of what colors and prints to use. I personally had Davis Butler's (aka: Parson Gray) Curious Nature picked out for this quilt and then my husband protested against it.
Hubby: Those prints and colors are so depressing!
Me: But they are perfect for a 15 year old boy!
Hubby: You would not want to wake up and look at something that damn depressing in your hospital room would you?
Me: They are not depressing! They are perfect for a boy his age!
Hubby: Yes, they are depressing!!!!!
A moment passes with each of us glaring at each other...
Hubby: They still remind me of a depressing sterile hospital, do you have any solids or anything bright like the colors of outside?
Me: Ah you're suggesting outside colors! I can not believe this coming from you... mister I hate the outdoors! Me: Yes, I do have those colors but it will look very girly or little kiddish!
Me: (Again).... JR is a 15 year old BOY!!!!!
More time passes and more glaring happened, but eventually we settled.
I figured since this is for my husband's side of the family, my husband can pick out the prints or solids of his choosing. Oh, don't get me wrong I do not dislike this quilt. I actually love it and wanted to keep it for our own home. Over all I was truly worried that it was too girly or way too childish. I was consoled by every one who saw it before it was sent out kept saying to me that it would be fine for JR and that he would like it.
Okay maybe I might have been a bit critical to myself and to my husband over the whole situation. In the end I was told JR loved the quilt and it was well received! Phew, I was so relieved!!!!! Hearing the good news took away all the anxieties I was feeling.
I know you're probably wondering what all the big fuss was all about?
I rarely give my quilts away and I rarely make quilts for others. The reason being is because I am surrounded by some folks that feel just because I can sew, that I should be at their beck and call to make anything for them at anytime. Sorry all, trying not to be so cynical over it all. That whole situation just burns me a bit, and its just my way of standing up to those folks! I am sure it probably happens to a lot of you out there too!
One last really good positive tid bit about this quilt is when I had finished or nearly finished I posted a picture to Julie Herman's Jaybird Quilts Flickr group. Julie commented that it was the first quilt that anyone had made from her book. Eeeek...I was a bit shocked and thrilled at the same time to hear that! Considering that her book was just released in August! I am honored that Julie had commented about it being the first.
Here is to a big smile all around and glad to finally attending the Blogger's Quilt Festival for the first time! I wish everyone the best of luck and can not wait to see what every one has in store to show off.
Thank you for stopping by and reading that crazy story!
Quilt Size: 48 1/2" x 64 1/2"
Name/Pattern : White Stars - Created from Julie Herman's new book Skip the Borders
Pieced by: Jennifer Overstreet
Quilted by: Jennifer Overstreet
Materials used: Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics. Prints that were used in this quilt are from Tula Pink's Prince Charming line and Parisville line. Both of Tula Pink's lines that are in this quilt are produced by Free Spirit Fabrics.
Best Category: Throw Quilt, Home Machine Quilting, and Quilt Photography.