Sunday, October 9, 2016

Quilting with Angst, the Martha Edition

You may recall that I made a quilt for my veterinarian as well as Chubby Charmer Tote Bags for two of the three women who work behind the front desk. Katie and Anna had definitive color choices. Katie wanted camouflage and Anna wanted purple. Everyone else who likes purple also wanted Anna's bag when they saw it. But alas, Martha couldn't make up her mind. Even when I finally gave up and gave the bags to Katie and Anna so Martha could see her "surprise" gift, it didn't help.

So, I invited Martha to come over to my Studio and pick out her fabric colors. Little did I know what I was in for...

Martha arrived promptly. She was so excited. She told me that she had been thinking about her color choices all day. And then she said, "The bag that you gave Katie and Anna is too big for me." Just as I was about to say it was no problem to make her a smaller bag, she said, "So I've been thinking that I'd rather have a quilt, just a small quilt that I can throw on my couch. That will be a lot easier for you than making a bag."

I was dumbfounded. And for once, I didn't know what to say. I'm not sure why Martha decided it was easier for me to make her a quilt. And I felt guilty because I'd already given Katie and Anna their bags, and what if they had preferred a quilt instead?

And it kept getting worse. After I took Martha into my Studio, she fell in love with some gorgeous, drool-worthy, hand-dyed fabrics that my friend Terri had made. I didn't realize that they were in the box of blue fabrics until Martha grabbed them. I had been saving these fabrics for a few years since Terri had stopped selling them. And then Martha chose a brand new piece of fabric that I had just brought home, that wasn't even part of what I was showing her.

I can only commend Martha for her good taste. I didn't give her any more options and I quickly escorted her from the Studio.

I made a Disappearing 9-Patch. It went together quickly. Joannie offered to quilt it for me for free to spare me any additional costs. Thank you Joannie! She did a big stipple and even quilted some dog bones in it.
Here is Martha's finished quilt.
I will say that Martha was thrilled with her finished quilt. Every time I go to the vet's office, which is often, she tells me how much she loves it. And Terri is thinking about dyeing fabric again! Hooray!

Here are a couple more photos.

Has this ever happened to you? What would you have done in my place?

Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,


  1. Oh no, I have no words except for a huge eye roll!

  2. Well I would have said those fabrics already have a job, sorry. Choose from these. I might have said I'm doing bags this time! Choose for a bag!
    You were VERY nice, which is your way.
    The quilt is so pretty too, really good fabric choices on her part. Analogous colors work so well.
    That said, now that I know you're a girl who can't say non (lol, kidding)I'll be right over to choose fabrics for the quilt you'll be making me, okay?

  3. Well of course she loves it, it was custom made from her order! You're a much nicer person than I am, because I even tell my kids that they can't have certain fabrics!