Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait (Part Two)

Continued from Part One...

So, whatever happened to my last round robin? It's a mystery to me.

Prior to her disappearance, the last quilter to work on my top emailed me extensively about her addition. I was thrilled and touched by the thought and effort she was putting into it. Since this was to be a quilt for my son's graduation, the ladies had asked me to share a little bit about him, his likes and dislikes, favorite things, hobbies, etc. She had latched on to his love of country music and playing guitar and, in January 2008, shared this picture of her addition to the quilt:


The notes on the staff are for the song, My Wish, by Rascal Flatts, one of my son's favorite country groups. The lyrics couldn't be more perfect for the occasion. In addition, she told me she had ordered the sheet music to include with his gift. Her thoughtfulness, honestly, brought me to tears.

But then we lost contact. The emails trailed off, and the two quilt tops she had in her posession were never sent on. Of course, our first thought was that something drastic must have happened. Countless emails were sent, phone messages left, letters mailed -- no response. A call to her place of work assured us that she was okay (though she wasn't available to talk). We had no choice but to give up and hope that the quilts would appear... but they never did.

And almost two years later, I'm pretty sure they won't.

Since then, we've put it behind us, more or less. Every so often, though, I would think about that round robin, and the fact that my son never got his graduation quilt. His younger sister has since graduated and received a quilt from Mom, but I continued to hold off on his, in the hope that just maybe...

And then one day recently I had the thought -- why not just RE-make that same quilt? The thought had never crossed my mind before, but when it did, the possibility was exciting. It didn't have to be "the quilt that never came to be."

A few days later, I went out and bought some more of that "uninspiring" blue and gold fabric...


... and started in on the re-creation. So far, I've completed the center block, and started the addition of the first border, originally made by my friend, Maura, from New York.


And yesterday, this came in the mail...


Rascal Flatts Greatest Hits: Volume One, for Piano, Vocal and Guitar, which includes the music for My Wish. I ordered it in preparation for the music border to come. Whether I finish this quilt in time for Christmas (not likely) or his birthday in May, this will be part of the gift. :o)

So now I'm excited to get this border finished and to move on to the next. As disappointing as it was to never have that quilt top come home, I am still grateful to that quilter for inspiring the theme (and if, by some miracle, she reads this, I hope she knows that the thought that went into it was very much appreciated). I see my rendition being somewhat different from the picture above, using the same idea, but making it a bit more of an expression of me. When you think about it, that's how a gift from a mother to her son should be.

And maybe it was all meant to work out this way, for just that reason.

Continue to Part Three

7 comments:

Pat said...

I am touched by how forgiving you are of this person who never sent you what was rightfully yours. Even though it is working out now with you remaking the quilt, it doesn't make HER actions right.

Jean said...

That is sort of unusual that she would get it this far and never mail it. It looks like her part is done. Was she the last one, or was someone else supposed to get it too? I like the idea of recreating it, though. It will be awesome. I assume you sent for the sheet music?

Noela said...

Dear Heather
How sad that you didn't get your quilt returned but I am glad to see you are making another one. It is always a worry when you join a swap or I guess a round robin (haven't done that as yet) that you will get the gift or the quilt back. Fortunately most quilters are honest and follow through. Good luck in finishing the quilt.....

Vivian said...

You're a very forgiving person. I'm sorry to say I'd be bitter towards the person who stopped the round robin. You've chosen such a logical way to deal with the missing Q by duplicating it. Your son will treasure it.

I'm visiting your blog for the first time, jumping from Jean's Page. I enjoyed seeing your other round robin quilts. I just did my first RR, locally with our guild. I was nervous the whole time, worried about my additions, but it ended up being fun and the final projects were stunning.

Heather said...

Thank you all for your sweet comments!

I was really, truly sad to lose this quilt, but I guess because of all that went before, with her trying so hard to make it special for my son, I just couldn't be mad. Just very, very sad and disappointed. I always thought there HAD to be some reasonable explanation. Though it really would have been nice to hear it! lol

I guess it's a chance you take. Unfortunately. :o(

Oh, and I should clarify, I ordered the songbook last week, when I really got on a roll with this idea. This was one of the things the disappearing quilter had done that I thought was so endearing... I still have to wonder, what the heck happened with her???

Chris H said...

That is so sad that you lost the quilt.. but what a great idea to replicate it!
I recieved your Fat Quarters in the mail today! Thank you so much... they are just lovely.. and I have NO IDEA what I will do with them yet!
But it will be awesome!

Connie said...

Hi Heather, I'm so sorry your Robin never made it back home. If I can help you retrieve it, let me know. I've been known to persuade others to do things before *grin*. Love you, mean it!