Friday, April 10, 2009

The Engagement Quilt

There's a story with this post.
A few months ago, David came home with an invitation from a friend at work - it was to her engagement party. I had just bought some beautiful Heather Bailey fabrics and so I decided to make her a quilt.

About halfway through making the top I asked David if he thought she would like it to which he replied "Yeah....I think so". That was confirmation enough from me - so I kept furiously sewing - I was a woman on a mission.
When I had almost finished the top, he happened to comment that a lot of work went into it. I agreed and said that I really hoped she would appreciate it and not just put it in a cupboard somewhere - to which he replied that it might not be her taste. So, we mulled it over and decided that it probably wasn't best to give it to her. We don't really know her that well and what David knows of her suggests that she's not really into handmade (not everyone is....) So, I kept sewing but we bought her something else instead.
Anyway, every time I started working on the quilt, I referred to it as 'the engagement quilt' and a friend remarked that it should be kept for the next person who got engaged......
I have been inundated with offers.
My niece Madi was prepared to find anyone to get engaged to in order to get the quilt - "you just have to be engaged, not stay engaged....right??"
My other niece Karen, who lives with her boyfriend was prepared to get engaged for the quilt. But then Emily came home from work and told me that the quilt was for her - that she was engaged to someone at work - but I wasn't to mention it to him as he is a little shy - in fact I wasn't to talk to him at all........hmmmm "But Emily, shouldn't I, as the mother of the bride, meet your fiance"?
and she said
"Just give me the damn quilt - OK!
So, the quilt has been put away until someone gets engaged - or married.
cheers
l
x
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26 comments:

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the story of the Engagement Quilt! It is so pretty - no wonder it is in demand:)

Deb said...

Absolutely love the quilt Levin. Its hard to understand when we enjoy our quilting and crafts so much how others are not into the same thing. I can't see how they can't appreciate something so beautiful, its beyond me. Then I think I wear tinted glasses!!

nicolette said...

Wonderful story! So sweet of you to want to make a quilt for someone who gets engaged that you don”t even know.

It’s unbelievable some people don’t appreciate such a beautiful quilt. But you better know before giving, so you can make someone else very happy with it... one day!!

Jantine said...

Love the story... and the quilt... it is really gorgeous!!!! Unfortunately I engaged 18 years ago and got married about 15 years ago Hoe you will make someone very happy with it!

moBri said...

A very beautiful quilt! Love the fabrics and the design. Good thing you didnt not risk to give it away to someone who might not appreciate it.
Happy Easter to you and the soon-to-be-engaged young ladies
in your family

CONNY said...

hello,

the quilt is werry nice.
so wunderful.

greatings conny

Melanie said...

That is a lovely and funny story to go with a gorgeous quilt. I love the plotting to acquire it and I dont blame them at all lol

karenjane said...

he he i love madis thinking of "well there was nothing said about staying engaged" lol. im still willing to get engaged for the quilt, do remind me to run it past benny ha ha:)

Bec said...

What a great story!!! I think you are right to keep it for someone who will treasure it. It is way too lovely to be unappreciated :)

Mary said...

I was engaged to Mark once, does that count?

tami said...

LOL. Good one.

quiltygal said...

Ohh now isnt that funny I only just got engaged!!.....no ...oh ok worth a try...:(

willywagtail said...

I so love this story. I have given away a few items to people who didn't 'do' handmade and I never will again. It must be extremely rewarding to know that your quilt is so loved.

May Kristin said...

Funny and lovely story! And the quilt is gorgeous! Lucky is the one who gets it!
Happy Easter!

My Love is..... said...

gorgeous work. It will be the 3 year anniversary of my engagement this year...lol.

Annemariesquilt said...

You have made a wonderful quilt and I totaly agree with you. You should gives this to someone who realy care's about it!!

Leanne said...

So gorgeous...what a great story to evolve and become part of your quilt....it is beautiful.... I've been engaged...does that count??

Christine said...

It's lovely ... no wonder all your young relatives want it.

Leanne said...

What a lovely gift and a great story. Who wouldn't love a quilt made with love.

Sabrina said...

I'm glad you held onto until you find someone who will truly appreciate it. What a work of art! And I adore those Heather Bailey fabrics. If I weren't already married I'd be looking to get engaged...

Kris said...

Lol! I think that to get that beautiful quilt someone will have to show true commitment. Engaged won't be enough. They'll have to get married!

periwinkle said...

I can well understand why everyone wanted the quilt , it's lovely. As for the girl who did get engaged -- definately her loss..
lisa x

Gina said...

What a precious quilt! just gorgeous Gx

lovestitches said...

I'd get engaged to own that quilt! It's beautiful! I love your nieces excuses! It always amazes me when I meet someone who is not into handmade. How can you not be?

Concha said...

What a fantastic quilt!

I love Freshcut fabrics and you did a beautiful job grouping those prints together! :)

XUE said...

Ha! Ha! I'll get engaged too, for this quilt! Yes, you are so right about not everyone likes handmade things even if it is a beautiful quilt like this.