To date I've always made quilts and items to satisfy my own aesthetic - I picked the pattern, I picked the fabrics, I choose the quilting. Even when I made an item as a gift, I still design it from start to finished although bearing in mind the intended recipient.
But on Friday (hopefully!) someone will be bidding on and winning a quilt to be made by me but entirely chosen by the winner. Eek! The auction is to support a fantastic charity called "Let's Talk About William" which provides practical and welcome comfort and support to parents of still born babies.
Essentially it's a commission and I'll have no control over the fabric, the design or the end product. The complete lack of control was pretty scary until I had a reminder this week that that feeling is basically what a parent feels 100% of the time - you're marching (or sewing in my case!) to the beat of someone else's drum. And if I can raise some money for an awesome case whilst doing it, that's fine by me.
A final plea to all knitters - the charity is looking for some kind souls to knit identical pairs of blankets. One blanket will go with baby to their rest and the other will stay with Mum and Dad to provide comfort. If you'd like to help out, check out the charity's website.
Right I'm off the clear the decks of my WIPs before Friday rolls around.