the quilt came back

do you know this song: “The cat came back the very next day.…”

I dumped a quilt on Wanda several weeks ago. It was in my pile of started projects that I was procrastinate about.  She was watching me pull out block after block I had started and abandoned. When I got to the Colorado Wedding pile she opened up her arms.  She had just completed a similar one for her daughter and had taken it to her. The Otterbees had offered advice on some of it so we all felt we had a part in her gift. It was beautiful.

Wanda’s wedding ring quilt

I was a little embarrassed by my attempt at a wedding ring quilt and had abandoned it when I realized it would need a professional quilter to put a design in the blank spaces. Long arm quilters charge a lot for their beautiful work. I wasn’t sure it was worth it. I made a different one for my grandson  and new wife, Alex and Jolene, and had it minimally quilted. Much better for a young family and especially one with a huge dog and a cat.
Wanda took the parts of my abandoned quilt home and  put it on her design wall and thought about it for several weeks. She asked for the original pattern and that gave her more things to think about.

unfinished attempt

Today the quilt came back and I was reminded of the song about the cat who came back.
The quilt came back (not) the very next day.
The old quilt came back
Thought it was a goner, but the quilt came back
Cause it wouldn’t stay away.
I looked the song  up on Google and found a variety of versions, none of them really nice to the various characters trying to dump the cat. But the cat came back, as did my quilt… all the parts neatly folded and ready for me to think more about it…though not really the very next day. I will  leave it to you to find the words to the original song, here’s my version:

Now old grandma Fran had troubles of her own,
she had a quilt project that needed to be done.
Tried everything she knew to do to make the quilt OK,
stuck it on a table and put the thought away.

But the quilt came back almost the next day.
She thought it was a goner not fit to be made,
but the quilt came back ’cause it wouldn’t stay away.
The quilt came back and and here it will stay.

She made another quilt for the bride and groom to be
and hid the old quilt pieces so no one could see.
Her friends all came calling and saw the hidden pieces
and hauled them out for viewing and demanded it be finished.

But the quilt came back almost the next day.
She thought it was a goner not fit to be made,
but the quilt came back ’cause it wouldn’t stay away.
The quilt came back and and here it will stay.

She gave the parts to Wanda who thought it would be fun
to stick it all together and make it for someone.
She pinned it on her wall and asked for the directions.
She measured and moved it around and waited for suggestions

But the quilt came back almost the next day.
She thought it was a goner not fit to be made,
but the quilt came back ’cause it wouldn’t stay away.
The quilt came back and and here it will stay.

She fiddled and she measured and folded it in a heap,
she stuck it a bag, she was losing her sleep.
Fran spread it on the floor and pondered the design,
she grabbed some unfinished stars and placed them all around.

But the quilt came back almost the next day.
She thought it was a goner not fit to be made,
but the quilt came back ’cause it wouldn’t stay away.
The quilt came back and and here it will stay.

She took a out her camera, snapped a photo or two
and send it on to Wanda to see if it would do.
Wanda e-mailed “love it, love it, I knew it could be done”
and gave Fran some encouragement to finish it soon.

Yes, the quilt came back almost the next day
She thought it was a goner not fit to be made
But the quilt came back ’cause it wouldn’t stay away.
The quilt came back and here it will stay.

The quilt is on the table where it rested once before.
The stars are nestled with it. Need I say more!
The quilt came back,   it’s here to stay.
Fran will get back to it…… perhaps some other day.

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One Response to the quilt came back

  1. Bonnie k says:

    What a perfect SLICE! I love the story the song and the pictures and I’m grinning at this moment 🙂
    Bonnie

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