Friday, October 29, 2010
Quilts, Quilts and more Quilts
After 2 months my quilt top was taking shape and it was all coming together. I had a few basic sewing setbacks and realized too late that 3 stars was "difficult" not something you should start with. But, I continued my artistic interpretation and work. My stepfather of 30 years Ken, was in the hospital with terminal Cancer and had a heart attack and recent stroke. He was thrilled to see me coming in every few days to work on my quilt for Mema. His eyes would light up and he wanted to see the progress I was making. We would sit for hours watching TV or listening to music as I hand quilted the shades of purple and white squares. Many time we tried to converse with his slow speech recovery, but many days it was impossible for him to talk much at all. But what I do recall was the time spent with him, quilting, quilting, quilting..... he loved me just being there in the room with him. Dad came from the mid west where he used handmade quilts as a kid. So he knew and appreciated them more than I realized at the time. Only now after his passing, so many years later did I realize the importance of our bond while I quilted.
I realize there is an art to quilting, but the process of doing it is the therapy needed to understand the love that goes into each quilt. So, I finally finished that first quilt for Mema....and gave it to her on Valentines day 8 months before she died at the ripe old age of 92. I was inspired to make a whole cloth quilt for dad too right after this one, knowing he did not have long to live. I gave it to him a month before he died at the VA hospital in Seattle. He was only 80....in 2000 when he died. I miss our times together and wish I had made more quilts for him to see. He would have loved the 3 star millenium quilt I made for charity to raise money for the Snoqualmie Valley Rotary club. It made over 700.00 and went to a family they absolutely loved it. THAT is the best gift of all to know your hard work is loved by the ones who own and use your quilts.