Monday, April 30, 2007
Yesterday I was looking through my quilts, and I ran across this quilt.
Like all other quilts, this one has a story. However, this story ends with the question, "Why?"
Well, it all started when I went to a party at Terry's (my best friend) house. She has a large back porch that she decorates so beautifully for a party. There are antique quilts on tables, quilts hanging off of the banister, as well as antique tablecloths and antique dishes. She even has a quilt on the seat of her swing that hangs from the porch. It's just absolutely breathtaking.
We had lived in our house for about 5 years when we decided to expand our patio and build a cover for part of it. The decorator in me wanted white wicker furniture, a cute table and chairs, pots overflowing with flowers, while overlooking our backyard and the flower beds.
I found the furniture, fixed the flower pots, and everything was pretty, but I didn't have a quilt to cover my table when company came over. So, I decided I would make one. I chose fabric colors that would match the cushions on my furniture. I then decided that I wanted the quilt to look "organized" scrappy. I got my inspiration from a quilt that I saw in Fons and Porters magazine. It was called "Broken Dishes".
As you can see this quilt has a million half square triangles. It's narrow and long to accomodate my patio table. It matches my furniture to a "t". However, the only parties I have are when the grandkids come over, or when I invite the neighborhood kids over for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.
Yes, I know that we need to decorate, clean house, dah dah dah for ourselves, and not for when company comes over. And, yes I love this quilt on my table when my husband and I are outside drinking coffee( not on the quilt) and reading the paper, but this quilt has taught me a lesson: to be more selective in the quilts that I make. My time is valuable. I spent way too much time on this one, especially when it is going to be used for a table cover. There are much easier quilt patterns I could have used and got the same effect.
Oh, well. It's done. I do love the quilt. I guess I should change my view of it and say, "Why not?"
Do you have a quilt that you wonder why in the world you spent so much time making it? If you do, post it on your blog. I would love to see!