the poky puppy quilt

October 29, 2009

the front

I finished this last week and gave it to my mom on Sunday.  She doesn’t like it.  I don’t really know what to think about that.  It’s not my most favorite thing I’ve made either, but I didn’t really use a pattern, and just tried to do what I thought would work with the print and the subject of the fabric she bought.  She picked out the poky puppy and golden books fabric, I just added in some other things to fill it out.  I asked her what she wanted me to do or how she wanted it to look, and she said to do whatever I wanted to, so that’s what I did.   She said she thought I’d be using smaller pieces…what?  I used a fabric panel in the poky puppy line and cut the 9 blocks from it, I thought the whole point of her wanting to use this fabric was the puppies…the puppies on the green fabric were large too.

I know the the fabric I used for the triangles doesn’t really look right with the other stuff once it was sewn together, even though it looked cute when the uncut fabrics were just laying together.  I know I could have done a better job on the quilting too.  So it’s not like I am in denial about this quilt having problems.

After I got over my initial indignation and hurt feeling, I thought about what she said about the smaller pieces and I think she wanted something along the lines of what I made for my goddaughter’s 1st birthday.  But a coin quilt with this fabric, and on a lap sized quilt just wouldn’t have worked, in my opinion.  The golden book fabric would have been fine, but all the puppy-related stuff – you’d never see a puppy in there.

The other idea I had before going with this more traditional juvenile looking thing I came up with was to use those panels ask the center of some wonky log cabins and then use the other stuff she picked out as  the strips and used the go-to white sashing.  In hindsight, I probably should have just done that and gone with my instincts, but I second guessed myself that she wouldn’t like it because when I showed her the first wonky log cabin block I made – which I loved how it turned out – she didn’t seem all that impressed.

She did like the back of the quilt.  I used the book cover that was printed on the panel as the label and put her name on it.  I also cut out some puppies from the panel and did my first applique.  It ended up being not as hard as I had thought it was going to be.  I was just intimidated by the satin stitch.

Oh, well; you can’t win ’em all.  Have you ever made something for someone who ended up not liking it?  I’d love to hear your stories.

I do think its looks cuter in the staged photo, the colors in the full view shot make it look worse

The colors in this photo and the one of the back are more accurate, and I think it actually looks cute here.

3 Responses to “the poky puppy quilt”

  1. arlijohn Says:

    You’re right, you can’t win them all. It would have been more helpful if your mom had given you more direction about what she really wanted. I think the quilt turned out cute and somebody will love it I am sure. I have made quilts that just didn’t work out, I think we all have. It is just part of being a quilter unfortunately. Start a new quilt and quit worrying about that one. There’s always next time.

  2. sarah Says:

    I think it is cute! I just got on your page because my students are reading a story called “The Keeping Quilt”, so I am going to show them some of your pics so they understand what a quilt is and how it is made. But while I was at it, I had to weigh-in in favor of the poky puppy. 🙂

  3. Jessica Says:

    Aw, I think it’s cute! But I know what you’re going through – my family “commission” (e.g. they buy the canvas but don’t actually pay me) for my paintings. My guidance is typically something like ‘I don’t like green’, or ‘i want it to match my living room’. So I go and spend a few weeks on a painting and sometimes they end up hating it. I guess I’d rather them be honest than pretend to like it – but I agree with the first commenter, if you’re going to be picky, then you need to clearly define what you want!

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