"Hello" said I
"Hello" said he, looking a little uncomfortable as he gazed at my classroom full of ladies who had been chattering and laughing as he entered... but were now looking on quietly excited and eager to see... well, we could see through the bag that there were a lot of Hexagons in it.
He said "Stephanie Iceland send me to show you this..." I thought straight away that it was a bag full of Hexagons that someone didn't want and remembered immediately about a talk we had had at SPQ, quite a while ago, when Ann Germey was the guest speaker and she had told us that she was involved in a rescue group for unwanted Hexagon projects and, when the guy leaves them with me, I would send them to her some how... but oh no... look what came out of the bag...
"We've had a think" said the guy, "it was done by The Wife's great grandmother and the wife is in her 70's, so I'm reckoning it's at least 150 years old", now beaming with pride... "I want to sleep under it but The Wife doesn't want it on the bed like this, so I want to get it finished"... well... the discussion, questions and ideas just flowed from our mouths... you can imagine can't you.
All the time I'm thinking...'please, please-please don't ask me to do it for you!!!!'
I headed it off by telling him that the best idea would be for me to make a few enquiries, take a picture and blog about the quilt to see if we can't find someone who would be able to help him...
"That's great" he said, packing the lovely quilt top back into the carrier bag
"I live next door to Stephanie Iceland, that's how to contact me." and he was gone...
So, that's what I am doing now. Asking if anyone can help...
I've asked him to write down everything he knows about the quilt, even about one of their relations who had used it as a dust cover while she was decorating and left it with a few tiny blobs of paint!! and anything he knows about the lady that made it, he says he will.
The guy would like to know, as the family always lived in Tean, Stoke-O-Trent, whether any of the fabrics could have been produced by Tean Hall Mill?
Does anyone know what would be the best thing to do with the top in order to finish it so that 'The Wife' will let 'The Guy' put it on their bed to be slept under.
I told him about Ann Germey and her expertise with Hexagon quilts, does anyone know whether she rescues quilts, finishes them and allows them to go back to their owners? If not... do you know of anyone else that could help?
Let's see what happens... firstname.lastname@example.org