I love quilts and I love the University of Illinois. I graduated from there, my Dad graduated from there as did my sister and both of my daughters. Wow, I must have a billion U of I quilts, right?
Well, no. Why not? Um….orange and blue! Now don’t go Chief on me, I love orange and blue. I freaking bleed orange and blue. But in a quilt? I am talking a quilt here, not one of those fleece no sew blankets. Those are fine and have their place but they are not quilts, they are something which keeps you warm at a football game or in the car.
A quilt takes a lot of time to make and you have to put it somewhere in your home – the wall, a bed or over a piece of furniture. How many rooms in your house are orange and blue? In mine, that would be none. Yes, I have a blue living room but it doesn’t need any sports team made into quilts in there.
I have bought and made tons of U of I aprons, love them. I made an orange and blue table topper for football parties and I even got carried away when we made the Rose Bowl and made an Orange and Blue table runner. But real quilts, nope! My youngest got a t-shirt quilt after she graduated from U of I, that’s the closest I’ve come.
I have orange shoes, orange and blue purse and too many orange and blue clothes. But a quilt is not in the horizon. I may love U of I and I may love quilting but all my loves don’t have to be together in one package.
I think that’s true for much of life, I love my husband and my book club but I never want him to come to one! Think of all the things you love separately but not together, your kids at your job, coffee combined with tea or champagne over cereal. (OK, I might consider that one.)
I will continue to love both quilts and the University of Illinois passionately but apart.