Today’s post is about a gift. But it’s more about the friend than the gift…. I opened my mailbox the other day to receive a personalized Charm pack from Libby.
We have an on-going discussion on where plaid fabrics really want to live. It’s a constant battle over plaids wanting a sunny life in California or if they want the coziness of the snowy Northwoods that I could offer. Libby picks out the most beautiful plaids. Well, she gifted me my own personal set. What I love the most is the fact that each fabric is housed in a quilt that she’s already made. She’s passing on a piece of herself in each square.
I remember meeting Libby. I discovered her writing over a favorite library to Finn. I had just started keeping a quilting web journal. I loved her homespun quilts and her quilted tablecloth. When you think of her, you have to think of the quilted tablecloth. I pictured her being about 22 years old from all of the wonder in her writing. She always finds greatness simple things like cherry tomatoes, wire baskets, and brand new needles. Yet, she many times had the wisdom of someone way beyond her years. I’m speaking respectfully of course, because it was she that told me it didn’t matter if I ran out of border fabric that I could create my own. She told me that it was OK if block of the month quilt block didn’t match the pattern picture – ‘It makes it your own’. I guess I already knew some of the things she told me, but the fact that she expressed it through the keyboard without judgment or ridicule (and telling me to start over) made a difference to me and kept me from giving up. I have spare moments to quilt --- quite envious of those that have hours to give to it--- but she has never given up on me as a friend and my slow pace. We've both made tons of friends on the world wide web -- but I know if I was ever without a pair of scissors -- she'd be the 'Go-to Gal' for sure. She was the first person I trusted enough to give out my home address to.
We both raised daughters and she kept me from throwing in the towel a time or two…oh and she appreciates graniteware dishes, Starbucks Breakfast blend, and buttermilk…
She’s definite a keeper… I can’t wait to make something from these pieces…
Scraps of fabric - $0.00
Quilting Friends – Priceless….