(Black and Maroon quilted only.) Cow quilt, bound, washed and ready.
Recently I received a box of fabric to use in quilts to be sent back to WTIL (Wrap Them in Love). I went through the fabric and found some that I could use right away as I had some quilt tops in blue/yellow that could use a piece for the backing.
Others within that box was cow fabric--catchy--but to me a bit boring. ...And a maroon fabric labeled on the side, "Christmas". Now the challenge to me was how to make that Christmas fabric of use the year 'round to someone on the receiving end. Since I didn't just "love" these fabrics, I chose to make them into quilts with the least amount of time for me--thus using the strippy pattern that I've used recently on other quilts.
Then for the quilting pattern--what to choose. I spent some time on the solids within the "cow" quilt marking a pattern and trying to follow that. That seemed to go okay, and after washing, it did appear much better. But, I was reminded of my grandson's reaction to his quilt, a quick okay and then on to see his cousins. Now, he will probably be warmed by that quilt, when it finally gets put on his bed, but my guess is that his 6 year old eyes won't even see the quilting that I paid for.
As quilters, do we get our ego involved in our work and let that stand between what we do versus what we could be doing? I've wondered many times. For example, when I take my quilts locally to the Family Connections Center, the one lady that receives them most of the time, oohs and ahhhs over each quilt and its uniqueness. Not once, when I take them in does she go over the quilting with quilter's police "eye." She looks them as a child would. That's what counts to me. As I continue to rid myself of my stash, trying to make warm quilts that look good, yet not getting caught up in the mechanics of it all, I must remember that short, "okay" from my grandson and put things in proper perspective. A hungry, cold child, teen or mother, isn't going to look at the quilting and say, "This wasn't done on a long arm--I don't want it."