Friday, October 28, 2011

Signed, Sealed, Delivered!


As you can see, I'm linking to Amy's Creative Side's Bloggers Quilt Festival.  There are lots and lots of wonderful quilts featured...so be sure to check it out.  You won't be sorry but you will need an extra Diet Coke or cup of tea!  She's an incredibly creative quilter and sponsors this opportunity for additional sharing among bloggers throughout the world!

This little quilt has had a long and unwanted life.  I finished it about 2 years ago and even put the binding on -- just didn't stitch it down.  I loved it but never could decide "who" it should be gifted to.  So, it lingered in the UFO pile and I'd pull it out, do a little stitching on the binding, and put it up.  It was truly an orphan.

I had finally decided that our four poster bed needed a quilt and that one done in 30's reproduction fabrics would be perfect.  This block has lots of names, I think, but it was called "Grandmother's Choice" in the pattern book I found.  I downsized the blocks to finish at 5" because I thought smaller blocks were more appropriate for the tiny motifs in the fabrics.  I calculated I would need 72 pieced blocks for the full size bed.

I WAS WRONG!  By about half, I think.  Ultimately, I made the 72 blocks and started to lay out the quilt and all of a sudden, it was a large lap and a long way from being a full size quilt with some drape.  I was done -- I had no desire to repeat history and make more blocks.  It was time to move on and do something else.  All of that probably contributed to my apathy in getting it done and presented to someone.

But, the good news is that "all's well that ends well".  Our search for a home has been a journey with lots of twists and turns and our realtor has been a gem.  We have used her twice before and she's been wonderful when we decided to retire and return to Kentucky but couldn't find a home that met what I was looking for.  She actually "cold called" the people that ultimately sold us their home.  She had seen a "for sale by owner" sign months earlier and knew the location and size were what we were looking for so she called to see if they would like to do a private listing for some "out of town" clients.

Once our sale was final, she scheduled some much needed and fairly serious surgery.  My husband asked if we had a quilt for her as a token of thanks and I knew exactly which one to give her.  We just had to have  our furniture delivered so I could find it!  All I had to do was finish the binding to give it to her before her surgery this week.  I think this must have been who it had been waiting for as it's perfect for her.  So - it has a home, she has a snuggle quilt to use in her recovery over the next month, and I'm happy it's finally where it needs to be.

I hope you're finding lots of time to quilt (and are NOT having math issues!).  Jan

PS - don't you love the shadow of the "invisible man" behind the quilt?


25 comments:

Lesley said...

Jan,I just wanted to say how beautiful the quilt is! Your realtor will love snuggling up in this amazing creation! And you're right...it was waiting for the perfect person and perfect time!
Thanks for sharing this lovely story!

notes of sincerity said...

Such a beautiful quilt!!

christhequilter said...

beautiful quilt and story

sometimes quilts just have to "mature"
into their purpose

The Thompsons said...

I always like the moment when you know for sure the owner of your quilt will be. It somehow gives it more personality. It looks beautiful!

Jody said...

That is one beautiful quilt ... out of the 200+ listed at the quilt festival it was the first to catch my eye. Love the story too.

Debbie said...

This is lovely, & it sounds like it found a perfect home! Nice story...

Quiltbenaco said...

Si troverà bene questa trapunta nella nuova casa!
Ciao

Sandra said...

What a lovely quilt, has a real vintaage feel. Glad you found it a good home with a real estate agent, perfect.
Come see my entries: #29 miniature reproduction and #31 antique 1850 star quilt

Mary said...

I love this quilt and am so glad you found just the right person for it.

Jitka Oherová, Czech Repubic said...

I don´t know, what to say. I love your quilt. It is very inspiring for me.

Token Asian Friend said...

Wow, the timing and circumstances of this quilt really worked out! What a lucky realtor! It is beautiful, and I love this block. I could see how after making 72 of them, you would be done :)

Margaret said...

love the quilt!

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

What a great story and a stunning quilt! The shadow really made me laugh!

Liv said...

Lovely quilt!

Lynn Dykstra said...

I love those blocks sneaking into the border.

Lyanna L. said...

Gorgeous quilt and I'm sure that she will love it and it will bring her a lot of comfort in the coming weeks. That is so nice of you =)

Simply Sandy said...

What a wonderful story. Sounds like the quilt found the perfect home. This quilt is so pretty, I really like how the blocks bleed into the border. I live in Kentucky, too. I am going to follow your blog!

Plain Ol' Vanilla said...

Your quilt caught my eye too! It is a precious gift for your realtor and I have no doubt that you have blessed her immensely.

Joyce

Julie Fukuda said...

That is such a fresh and lovely quilt. I'm glad it got itself finished up and into a home. I bet it will be much loved.

Barb said...

That is just beautiful!!!!

Eileen said...

Your quilt is just beautiful and what a wonderful story with such a great ending of the quilt...and hope your friend is able to recover and have a super great ending with her medical situation. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Katie said...

It's such a pretty quilt and I'm sure the gal who receives it will love it. Isn't it funny how quilts find their homes?

Kit Lang said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. :)

Beth said...

Isn't it amazing how sometimes the quilt finds the person, instead of the other way around!!! Beautiful, and recovery will be a bit more pleasant.

Martha said...

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful quilt and an equally beautiful story with us.