You know how you want to do something so special for someone and sometimes get a bit paralyzed in getting started? I knew Cristina and Joe were getting married at some point, and I knew I wanted to make them a "I'm thrilled you found your life partner" quilt. And then paralysis set in. What helped me to break through was this fabulous assortment of peppered shot cottons.
I wanted to do something featuring equally all the colors - so saturated and so bright, I even went to one of Cristina's favorite artists, Robert Motherwell , for inspiration. I eventually concluded that if I wanted to give her a quilt in this lifetime, that perhaps I needed to stay within my comfort zone. So I reverted to some basic 9-patches which then I could perk up with some circular hand quilting.
As I began making the 9-patches and adding them to the design wall, I knew immediately this horizontal design wouldn't work. It was fun to play around with arrangements, and I'm happy with the one I settled on.
Its difficult to explain how much I love hand-quilting. For so many years I palmed my hand-work off to my mother. Guildmate Mirielle very slowly modeled the importance of handwork. And as my parents were dying, I finally got it. Yesterday I put in the last stitches and made a label. As much as I love Cristina, I'm pretty crazy about Joe, too. For a while I wasn't sure if he was good enough for her. But he is for sure. One night out with them as judges for a local Moth story-telling competition convinced me of that.
I've known Cristina for almost 20 years. Despite the 41 year age difference, we truly are friends. There's a mutual love and recognition of how lucky we are to have this friendship.