Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I was asked to make a family portrait in fabric and to be quilted and framed. The customer sent me pictures of her family that were taken many years ago. Many different pictures.....a family album. She asked if I could take certain pictures and group them together has if the family were in one room....their living room. She wanted her cat and dog...toys that the children played with...fireplace, curtains in a certain color, dollhouse etc. I took her pictures to make copies then went through my stash of fabric and began the job of finding fabric to match hair color, clothes, color of the dog...etc. This job was time consuming ....I finally got it to the point where I made all the people and animals and was ready to sew them down when I took a picture and sent it to the customer. She told me the fire on the candles were to high and she said I made her daughter look fat and there were too many plants......! Boy, I totally lost it and told her I can't do this for you and that she needed to find someone else. She begged me to finish but I was so hurt because I spent weeks working on this and now I have to change things. Time went by and she continued to contact me wanted me to sell her what I had done....unfinished. I didn't but a couple of years went by and I thought about how precious that picture was to her so I was going to give it to her for nothing. ....Regrets....I wish that I had completed it and not taken it to heart but she now has it framed and hanging in her living room and she totally very happy with it but I wish I had finished it....for me and not quit. I have learned something from that experience and not take things to heart.