Shortly after I became a quilt maker, I thought that I could add to my income by making consignment quilts. I was led to a lady who wanted me to make a quilt from eight blocks that her mother made. We agreed on a price and I bought fabric for the sashing, borders and backing. I put the blocks together and hand quilted the piece. When I delivered it, the lady was very angry that I didn’t make a king size quilt out of eight 12″ blocks. That almost stopped my career in consignment quilting.
My next consignment quilt was one that I made for my daughter. She wanted one to give to her sister in law for a wedding present. We agreed on a pattern and the fabric. I cut out all the pieces and started to piece the quilt. This was before rotary cutters and rulers. The process was to copy the pattern, paste it on sandpaper, cut it out and trace around the template on the back of the fabric. After cutting out all the pieces, the blocks weren’t going together easily. They didn’t fit together at all. I checked the book where I found the pattern and found that the seam allowances were not included in the pattern. I had to go back to the quilt shop, buy more fabric and start again. The quilt did come out very nice. I learned a lesson to read all of the instructions before cutting. I also was a wreck when it was finished. My daughter loved the quilt so all was well at the end.
My third and last consignment quilt was made from cut out pieces cut by a co-worker’s grandmother. I knew enough at this point to tell her that it would be a wall hanging, not a big quilt. She was fine with that because she wanted to hang it in her kitchen. Luckily, I found some fabric to add that complimented the blocks. At that time, I hadn’t made any drunkard path blocks, but by the time it was finished, I could do curved piecing. The colors were not my usual colors. I agonized all the time that I was making it. My co-worker loved it and was very pleased. After making that wall hanging, I decided that quilt should be my joy and pleasure and there was no joy or pleasure in making consignment quilts.
I had read “Knitting Without Tears” by Elizabeth Zimmerman. She said in the beginning of the book, “If you don’t like knitting, don’t do it. Do something else that gives you joy.” I agree with her. I didn’t like to make consignment quilts, so I’m not going to make any more.
Have a great day and happy quilting.