It was fun and easy to make. It used up a lot of odds and ends that had been sitting in my stash for a while. I didn't have a purpose for this quilt. It was made just for the joy of making it. I was happy piecing it, quilting it, binding it, and adding some big stitch hand quilting. I just knew there would be an occasion to gift this quilt to someone.
So, I tried to give this quilt away. Twice. Sad state of affairs when you can't give a quilt away. The first time, I had offered it to a friend who had an acquaintence going through cancer treatments. My friend commented that she wished she had something to give, so I suggested the quilt I had just finished. She was supposed to pick it up, but never did, and later said she didn't think her friend would like a quilt. OK. To each her own, I guess.
A year or so later, another acquaintence was looking for donations for a chairity silent auction. I offered this cute (I think!) quilt. She looked at it, but shook her head and said, "No thanks. It's not right for our event." Hmmmm.
So, I briefly worried that there was something wrong with this generously lap-sized/toddler sized, pink and brown cheveron, somewhat scrappy but mostly cohesive quilt. Why didn't anyone love it as much as I loved making it???
I folded it up and shoved it under a pile of stuff in my sewing room. There it sat. Poor quilt.
Until its little sister quilt whispered to me as I was putting her together.
A little while ago, I shared Emma's Owls the quilt I made for my niece's sweet new baby. As I pieced Emma's pink and brown quilt, one of the fabrics felt happily familiar to me. The longer I sewed, the more I thought about that scrappy chevron that was languishing in a pile.
Well, it just so happens that Emma has a big sister. Her daddy has a sweet daughter, Aubrey, who is 5 and lives with them some of the time. Aubrey has come to several of our family functions, and both my girls enjoy her smart, spunky personality. She is a joy, and a blessing to my niece, who loves her as a daughter.
Suddenly, it became clear that this quilt had not been lonely, abandoned at the bottom of the pile. Instead, it had just been waiting patiently there, until its little sister came about, and whispered in my ear.
Now, both quilts live with two little girls who share a room part of the time. I hope they are all happy together. I've asked Emma's mom for a picture. I will share it with you when I get it!
Have you ever made a quilt with no intended recipient, only to find later that it was perfect for someone or some situation? I'd love to hear your story!
Here are a few more pictures of these two quilts playing together, before they went to live with their sweet girls.
Linking up this week to:
Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts
Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story
Lets's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Crazy Mom Quilts - Finish it up Friday