Thursday, January 31, 2008

Not Your Grandmother's Quilt

That's the name of this quilt.
It hangs in my office at work and I look at it everyday.
When I was a new quilter in 1999 I told my friends at work
about my new obsession. One woman called me "grandma".
Imagine that! I was a little insulted on many levels.
The first being, "What is wrong with being a Grandma?"
I don't have grandchildren yet but I am definitely looking
forward to it. The second being, "You don't have to be 'old'
to quilt". Thirdly, I consider quilting an art form. Fourthly,
both of my Grandmothers were terrific women. And so on....

A few months later I made our boss a sampler quilt for her
wedding. The "grandma-calling" woman was impressed and
asked me to make her a quilt. I told her when she gets
married I will make her a quilt. (I figured she wouldn't be
getting married for quite a while, so I was safe).

Then a few months after that, I made this quilt specifically
to hang in my office with this name. When people stop by
to admire it, I always tell them the story.

I will be spending this weekend getting ready for retreat.
(15 more days). I have to decide what I want to work on.
There has to be a balance between what I want to work on
and what I have to work on.

Until next time...


Rose Marie said...

What a great quilt to have at work. When you need that downtime to pause and reflect from the daily grind, what a pleasure for you to lose yourself in this gem!

Mary said...

Thats gorgeous I would love to see that everyday at work!

JudyL said...

Oh, you're right! I'm not a grandma yet either! I began quilting before I was 30 and I love seeing young people in my quilting classes.

Love your quilt and I'd like seeing that everyday too. Has to make you smile.