Making a custom order of any type is pretty terrifying. Maybe not for everyone, but it sure is for me. Especially when that custom order includes cutting up someones very special baby clothes.
I know that my standards are generally pretty high. I don't eat at restaurants often because I figure if I'm paying money, it better be equivalent to or better than something I can make at home (or my partner can make, as tends to be the case). I'm often dissatisfied with customer service because, well it's often not half as good as it could be. So when it comes to making something for someone else I can be pretty hard on myself. What if they don't like it? What if it's not what they had in mind? It's pretty hard to convey ideas since we haven't evolved to be telepathic yet and language can only really take us so far. I never want to let someone down (again - especially when it involves cutting up their precious baby clothes). So when I send a quilt off to it's home I'm always a little nervous and always totally overjoyed when I hear back that they love it (which up to now has always been the case, and fingers crossed things stay that way).
My most recent memory quilt was for an amazing family that loves sci-fi. I am personally a bit of a sci-fi nerd so it was right up my alley. We messaged back and forth about ideas, designs and as things started to come together the inevitable changes that come with actually seeing something that had before been an imagining. I sent pictures and confirmed colours and layout and then when it was as finished as it could be, I packaged it up and sent it to its home…waiting…to see if the recipient was happy with it…
Ahhhhhhh. Giant sigh of relieve and giant smile in my heart. I write this not to boast that I've done a good job, but to say how grateful I am for the kind words she shared in her review AND for the fact that she is so happy with her quilt (ok…maybe there's a little boasting going on…it feels good to do a good job doesn't it?).
Working on custom memory quilts has really become something I love and look forward to doing. The fact that I can do something I love, while making something special for someone else AND making that someone else incredibly happy…well, it's a pretty great feeling.
So thank you N.T. (you know who you are) and to the folks I'm currently working with.
Thank you for trusting me with your memories and for giving me the opportunity to do what I love.
Maker of things. Lover of colour and texture and contrast. Thinker & creator. Daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend. Mighty woman.