On Sunday I went to take down the exhibition we had to do of our City and Guilds Certificate in Patchwork and Quilting pieces. The external verifier had seen them and that marked the completion of the course.
And what a damp squib it was. My tutor was in the room but never even acknowledged me as I went in and out. Dennis was with me,because we were on our way to Cedar Farm and read the letter left on the table which basically said - you've passed now give us £22.50 for a certificate saying you have passed - but he never commented on the ending of the course.
At Cedar Farm I sat there with my blueberry cheescake muffin saying rather pointedly 'Congratulations to me I passed my course' and got a smile and a 'Yes' and not much more. Oh well, it was only a little certificate.
Later that day Dennis said, "So when do you get your results?"
Huh? " I got them.You read the letter - I passed!"
He looked confused. (How many times have I written that line in this blog?!)
"Yes but when do you get your marks or the examiner comments or something?"
"I don't. That's it"
Pause. Confusion turns to shock. "They could have made a bit of a thing about it then. I would have done but I thought there was something else to come."
Quite. I mean I don't need a party but a handshake or a verbal congratulations, or even a 'goodbye and thanks for paying us for three years', would have been nice.
It is also symptomatic of the quality of the provider I was with that when I went to pay for the certificate I was told that I was not in their records! ( The records being a file with scrappy bits of paper in. I was told that to record the fact I had paid for the certificate I should write my name on the sign up sheet for the diploma.). As you know I have moved elsewhere to do my embroidery certificate and am much happier with them.
Anyway - as you can see the Courthouse steps quilt is done. I took your advice to use blue thread and it worked a treat. It is called 'Evidence of things not yet seen', from the quote from Hebrews Ch 11 and for reasons I will tell you if and when the things not yet seen ever become seen! It is hanging over our stairs at present.