Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Just a Baby Quilt"

I saw some thread on an internet site that would be perfect for the baby quilt I am making, but do not know the brand and the few quilters I asked do not know it either, so I went out today looking for thread.

The first quilt shop had very helpful ladies working, but very small thread selection so they suggested a second store. I have had a bad experiences with the second store, but they have moved to a new location and it was close so I decided to try them again.

They did greet me when I entered, which was new as they had ignored me in the past. They did not have a very big thread selection, but they had something close to what I wanted in a brand I did not know. I went to the front desk and explained the project and asked if the thread I had picked out was appropriate. The sales clerk explained the thread to me and said it would work on the quilt. I went on to ask her if she had any like the one I saw on the internet. She said "No, and what did it matter, it was "just" a baby quilt."

I wanted to tell her that it was more than "just a baby quilt," but instead I paid for the thread and left.

I don't consider any quilt I make to be "just." I put love and care into each one. I put a lot of thought into the fabric choices, pattern, and the person. I do not know the parents of the baby I am making the baby quilt for but the baby's grandmother is very dear to me. I would never give her grandchild a "just" quilt.


Loni said...

YOu would think folks at a Quilt Shop would know that they are more than 'just' a project. At least my ladies at the yarn shop know the work, care, and love that goes into every stitch... they never said your beaded undulating waves scarf was 'just a scarf'

tortugaquilter said...

You let me know if anyone ever says that about my scarf and I will pay them a visit.

Seren Dippity said...

JUST a baby quilt? oooh I would be so irritated. For one thing it seems to me that a baby quilt would need extra special thread, something more durable than average. But any hand made quilt would need that because I think of a hand made quilt as something that will last generations. My 25 year old daughter still has her " baby" quilt made by her great grandmother. It's a bit frayed in places, but I can't imagine my daughter ever having a bedroom where it is not going to be on display. I wish grandma had used a stronger thread because where my daughter's name was embroidered pieces have come loose.