Parents’ Duty

You know how it is a parent’s most sacred duty to gracefully accept the handicraft of their child for birthdays and holidays? How they must feign enthusiasm even in the face of the most feebly attempts at glueing, cutting out or sewing? How they must keep in mind that it is the thought that counts?

Well, if you have children then obviously you know!

But did you know that it never stops? That you still have to accept your children’s homemade presents when you are well into your 70s and feel you have the right to something nice from the shops? When your daughter is in her mid-forties and has a family of her own?

That’s what my parents might think come this Christmas – because they will be getting hand-quilted table mats from me, that have turned out just a slight little bit too colourful:

Whoho, I hear you saying, that is bright! Not at breakfast, please! And I fully agree – what is fine individually is a bit too much together. Look at those blocks separately:


They look great, don’t they? They are all from Tula Pink’s 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. I have to say that my work her isn’t doing the book justice – it is a great resource and I have started another project in more muted colours which I think will showcase what the book has to offer much better.

In order to give the option of simple turning round the table mat I added a neutral backing:


Ahhhh, that’s better. This is the “Have a quiet relaxed breakfast” side to the “Breakfast on acid” side with the pattern.

One thing that is a real achievement for me is the free motion quilting which I managed to execute for the first time ever:


View from the bright side:

IMG_5995Clearly there a lot wrong with the quilting. The stitch length is in no way uniform, there are unquilted patches, the curves are sometimes edgy, not curvy – but still it is by far the best free motion quilting I have ever done. In fact it is the first time I have ever finished a free motion quilting project rather than just throwing it out in tears and frustration. So I am sure those table mats will score highly on the “It’s the thought that counts” front.

IMG_5993And case my parents suffer from memory loss I have even put my name to it ;-). At least they have the option to slip those mats into a drawer and quietly forget about them, given that I come to their house only very rarely.


So how about you: Are your craft projects received gladly? Do you like to receive craft presents? What to do if they are not to your taste?


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4 thoughts on “Parents’ Duty

  1. […] You can read more about those mats and the poor recipients of this gift (did you know that the German word “Gift” means “poison” in English? That might be very apt in this case ) on my blog. […]

  2. nx44 November 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Congratulations on your free motion quilting! It looks like a lot of work went into these. My projects never look like I expect they will, but the great thing is that once you’ve tried a pattern once the next time it turns out much better and I bet you will love the next ones you make.

  3. Sewionista November 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm Reply

    Danke für deinen Kommentar auf meinem Blog, ich habe mich sehr gefreut! Dadurch bin ich auf deinen Blog gestoßen, den ich ganz toll finde. Mir gefällt dein Schreibstil und deine Nähprojekte. Die Sets sind super geworden und werden sicherlich auch deinen Eltern gefallen!

    Liebe Grüße

    • Chris November 15, 2013 at 11:04 pm Reply

      Danke für deinen netten Kommentar. Bin gespannt,was du als nächstes nähst. Werde mal wieder bei dir vorbeigucken. Bis bald

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