We spent last weekend at the cabin. The weather was horrible, windy and wet, but inside it was all lovely and warm and cuddly, that is after husband had burned up a few bags of wood. Grandson was racing around on his little motorcycle dressed in a hat, my scarf as he thought the one I had just knitted for him was itching, homemade knitted wool pants and warm shoes. Husband bought that bike for him when he was 2 and he was petrified of this thing that moved by itself and made lots of noise. Now he loves it, and doesn’t mind that it’s a size or two too small.
I was putting away the crib that has been in my bedroom since he was a baby, and found the quilt that has been serving as an extra mattress in the crib, “Crop circles – an UFO has landed” (2004) AKA The quilt that wouldn’t die.
It started out in my early quilting days with a bunch of light charm squares and a wish to push my colour preferences. This was way before digital cameras and blogging, so unfortunately I don’t have pictures of the process, but the images are still fresh in my mind. I paired the squares up with some light greens and made them into shoofly blocks. Too sweet, they made my teeth hurt. What if I add dark green sashing? Yuck.
How about a recycled curtain border? Hmmm, but I do love that curtain fabric!
What about appliquéing free form cut leaves? Well? Really? And flowers? Still too blah.
I finally put it away (again) and there I found it when I was finishing up quilting some old ufos to keep at the cabin.
What to do, what to do. What if I paint on it? Silk paint to the rescue; giant big bright circles, fleece backing, a little wonky quilting and done!
Looking at it now, I kind of wish I had put more effort into finishing it because it could have been a nice quilt. Except for the serving-as-mattress-creases I actually like it – and it’s all because of the bright and lovely paint.
Lesson learned – don’t quit on a quilt to soon.
Do you finish those quilts that just won’t die, or do you put them out of their misery?