Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pinwheels

Thanks for checking on me….I’ve been busy. Life has been in the front seat lately.
But I have been quilting. It all started with a friend losing her father suddenly. How many times have I wanted to quilt something for someone to sit back and say, I don’t have time. I can’t get it done fast enough. Well, the familiar responses crept up again on this occasion.

But I took a different attitude this time. I told myself she’d have tons of people offering support at first. She’d probably need the quilted piece later--- after everyone else’s lives had gone back to normal and she was still there, without her Dad.


So I opened up the quilt cabinet and took out this and a couple of fat quarters, along with some muslin. I stitched away. I backed out on giving it to her two or three times. It wasn’t perfect…. Mistakes in it stood out like sore thumbs. But I continued on working on it daily for 15- 20 minutes a day.

The minute the binding was complete.

I stamped a card and left it along with hot chocolate mix on her doorstep. I knew if I kept it a minute longer, I feel like it wasn’t good enough to pass on. “ Just do it…. Melanie… just do it…” And it was done… no regrets.

I’d been to her house a few times, but for the life of me I could not tell you what colors her house was done in. I settled on red, thinking she could use the piece, Valentine’s Day, Independence Day, Summer, Christmas.

Karen found it when she got home and …loved it….
Stressing over nothing, I was.
It was worth it….

Gratitudes:
A gift that cost nothing but time – I even used scrap batting.
Working late, but learning new stuff
Don, that loves me.

30 comments:

Darlene said...

Your friendship is a blessing to your friend. So often we pour support right after a tragedy or challenge but then move on with our lives and forget that support is still needed. Bless you, Melanie.

Karen said...

Beautiful quilt, beautiful expression of love.

Gypsy Quilter said...

It's beautiful, just like the good thoughts that went into the making of it. She will treasure it always.

Pieced Pastimes said...

What a lovely quilt and such a heartwarming thought to give that to your friend. I am sure she will cherish it!

Anne Ida said...

What a wonderful story! And a beautiful present to your friend!

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

what a beautiful quilt! Anyone would be thrilled to receive it.

Loris said...

The quilt is beautiful and your love for your friend is heartwarming and inspiring. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Carolyn said...

It's just gorgeous, sometimes we just have to move beyond ourselves and do what's best for others...even if we know we could do better. Your friend has a gift to treasure.

Colleen said...

What a pretty quilt and a wonderful gesture to your friend. I am sure she will appreciate it always. Hope you are doing well

Stina said...

Oh Melanie what a wonderful and lovely gift you made.. you do have a heart of gold... I like how you thought about this... the gift she will have for many years to come... No wonder Karen loved it..

Muddling Through said...

You just have it in you to be a blessing, and that quilt is beautiful. Our mistakes always stand out so glaringly when we look at what we've made, but the recipients are just thankful to have a piece with so much love poured into it.

Doodlebug Gail said...

That's such a lovely gift .... you're right about how people need support after everyone's lives have carried on and gone back to normal. You're a good friend and I'm sure she appreciated it more than she said.

Sue said...

What a thoughtful gift to give to someone who is hurting. It is truly beautiful:)

simplestitches said...

Lovely gift and the thought behind it will be greatly appreciated. And you're right lots of people there to start off with and not too many later on, when you need support just as much....that's what friends are for.
thanks for sharing this with us. Julz

julieQ said...

What a lovely gift...I know she loves it and what a comfort it will be. Good for you!

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

It was wonderful to read your post. The quilt for your friend is beautiful. A very thoughtful gesture. Blessings, Karen

ohiostar5 said...

Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves and we expect every piece that we turn out to be just perfect. Your gift will be remembered long after the sympathy cards are read and the casseroles have been eaten. Blessings

Quilt Nut said...

beautiful quilt! and thanx for this post, i'm struggling with the same feelings and really needed to read this :)

Linda said...

Your gift is beautiful Melanie. I'm sure your friend appreciates the fact that you put thought and time into such a treasure.

Audrey said...

This is a beautiful piece that anyone would love. What a blessing you are to your friend.

Joanne said...

What a wonderful friend you are. And I love the quilt -- the thin sashing strips with the cornerstones really adds a lot -- makes this an extraordinary windmill quilt.

Karen said...

I am sure your friend loves the quilt and the love behind it.

I enjoy reading your gratitudes at the end of your posts.

McIrish Annie said...

What a great story and super quilt! we should all remember that it's the THOUGHT that counts and noone sees our mistakes as we do. Glad your new year is off to a peaceful start. Hugs to you and your family!

Carol said...

It is a wonderful, wonderful quilt...she's so lucky to have you as a friend.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Lovely! Time is a commodity - as my brother the bonds broker likes to say - so anything that takes time to make - he really appreciates! He can buy things at the store but no-one can buy time! So - don't discount the value of your time because it is a priceless gift! I am sure your friend is going to cherish the quilt!!! When my Nana's cousin's DH died I sent her a quilt - the post office lost it, but she got it 9 months later and really loved it! A quilt does offer comfort, I believe. Cheers! Evelyn

tami said...

I do the same thing and I think people really love the thought as much as the item. I am so glad you were able to get yourself to go through with it. I am sure your beautiful quilt is a comfort to her every day.

Quilt Hollow said...

What a wonderful friend you are...

Shasta said...

Your quilt is breathtakingly gorgeous. We all tend to be our own worst critics.

Farmhouse Blessings said...

You have such a beautiful heart. The quilt is lovely but care in which you created it is even more precious.

John'aLee said...

Your story reminded me of one of my own. My very best friend lost her husband of almost 30 years to cancer, and the last year of their lives together while they were battling it, I was working on this quilt, praying for both of them all the while. I finished it a year after he died and gave it to her when she came to my mom's 80th B'day party at my house. Later she told me that trip finally brought closure for her and was the turning point in her life. So...see us quilters seem to know best....even when we are not sure we know best.
Your story brought great memories back for me.
Beautiful quilt!