I started quilting about five years ago. When we moved to Oregon, the recession recovery hadn’t gotten very far and most of the schools around us were going without librarians. No job openings meant a lot of time on my hands. The first year, I knit six blankets, and volunteered at my sons’ school, and got a little bored.
Then I was at a Goodwill and I found this bright pink sheet covered with cartoon fairies. My niece was very into making little fairy houses in the garden and collecting little sculptures, so I bought it and pondered it and decided to make her a little quilt. And a new hobby was born.
But really, this wasn’t the start of my quilting, but more of a restart. Back in my 20s, I did a few quilts, mostly strip pieced quilts following the “Quilt in a Day” patterns. I know I made an Irish chain one among others.
And then I made my mom and dad matching throw sized quilts to go with their matching couches. The couches are long gone, and the house they went in, and one of the quilts disappeared, but one of them has hung on until now.
However, I think it may be time to finally let go:
This quilt has gone from covering my dad during naps to being our TV room picnic quilt, to its current role folded up and covering the dog’s bed. It has been camping and to parks and the roof in kid forts.
It has had a good long life and been faithful and hardworking, but the end is near. Overdue might be more accurate.
Can it still be called a quilt when the batting is gone? As well as most of the original color? All of those pinks used to be burgundy.
I feel a bit bad about how much abuse this little collection of squares has suffered, but boy, it certainly had a full life.
How do I dispose of it? I sort of feel like it needs some ceremony. Maybe my son can learn taps on his clarinet? I’m pretty sure I’ll get some resistance if I try to gather all the family for a formal goodbye. . .