I had a minor meltdown the first time we were having company over to visit our new home, when I realized (last minute) that I didn't have a quilt big enough for the guest bed. I'd made quilts that size, but they all went to other homes or up to the store. What were my guests going to think if they came to visit a quilter's house and were given a ratty old quilt!
Now don't get me wrong, I love my ratty old quilts. They have a lot of history and love and they were handed down to me by my Great-Grandmother-Minor (the first quilter I remember). They are not the quilts she thought of as her best (though I do have some of those), but rather the colorful patchwork quilts made from remnants of everyday life. It is really a high honor to be handed one of these quilts to snuggle with, because they are some of my most treasured and I want to preserve them. But at face value...wellllll, someone could be confused.
So...before the next guests arrived, I started out to make something new for the guest room. I ended up using one of the Villa Rosa Postcard Patterns (Lady Taylor). It was quick and simple and showed off some of my favorite fabrics. An added bonus was that it was the perfect quilt for the fun green and teal backing fabric I've been hoarding.
Now my guest room has its own bright and happy quilt and my well loved quilts are back in their place of honor on my quilt rack.