Three years ago, I was asked to make a pair of twin sized red, blue, and white quilts. When I finally finished them, the guest room they were intended for had been redecorated in yellow. The quilts no longer fit.
Perhaps I procrastinated a bit too long. But my friend Yvonne disagreed, "Maybe that room was not their destiny." I laughed when she said it, but realized she may be right.
Many more quilt projects are piled up. Could they all have a destiny too? I like to think they do. I took a good look at the list of pending projects, enough to keep 3 or 4 clones busy, for sure. Instead of despairing, I let Yvonne's optimistic view prevail.
In examining the piles of quilts-to-be, I was able to box quite a bit of it up and pass it on to quilting charities. They can put the fabrics to much better use. They will be sewn into quilts for the homeless, for children, or for charity auction. These fabrics have reached their destiny.
I still have a queen sized quilt "on order" from a few years ago. (Okay, honestly it was requested nearly 4 years ago). I have been collecting fabrics from around the country and put them in this "gradual" quilt. It is still not done, but when it is it will have a great assortment of fabrics, both new and old. Is that its destiny? Perhaps my great gift quilt idea of 1997 would be just as great as a Lap quilt as a queen size? Yes, I think so!!!! And the extra pieces will go great on the back! Destiny!!!
A quilting instructor at Quilts by the Falls (Cannon Falls, MN) has a different term for those lost soul projects. Jane feels "they just need to marinate." She is right: Let those flavors and ideas blend together to a better and more creative destiny.
And that pair of red, blue, and white quilts? They look great in my sister's new home. That was their destiny. You bet.