reinventing the quilt - reinventing the quilt

For almost 3 years, I’ve been working on a quilt.

Not just any quilt.

A quilt made out of pieces of my mom’s old clothing.

Today is the 8th anniversary of her passing.

Today is also the date I set for myself to finish the quilt.

Except . . .

I didn’t really want a quilt.

a breakthrough moment

I think the reason I procrastinated so long with making this quilt is because I knew I didn’t really need it. I already had a blanket that I liked, so I wasn’t sure how much use it would get.

But I’d already cut all the squares and was about half-way done. Shouldn’t I finish what I started?

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that my answer to that is a resounding: NO!

So I told myself that if I didn’t do something else with the quilt by today’s date, that I’d have to donate the whole thing.

How’s that for motivation?

the redesign

I started brainstorming what else I could turn the quilt into that I’d actually use.

Then I realized that I kept looking at picnic blankets when I was at the store. Why buy a picnic blanket, when I could turn my mom’s quilt into one?

So the quilt has become a picnic blanket. I’ve even sewn a tablecloth to the bottom to make it water-resistant.

I plan on spending many lazy summer afternoons on it enjoying a book or a picnic lunch.

We used to have a lot of beach picnics when I was a kid, so it’s quite fitting. I think my mom would approve. Funny how these things have a way of working out.

Maybe one day it might go back to being a quilt. Or a pillow. Or something else.

But for right now, it’s going on a picnic!

P.S. I wrote about how I let go of most of my mom’s possessions in this post.