Friday, September 4, 2009

long overdue

hello, friends!

hope everyone has enjoyed a great summer in this hemisphere!

i've been missing in action and long overdue in sharing about this quilt top with you.

in recent months i've had the pleasure of becoming re-acquainted with one of my favorite former co-workers. so much has happened in the ten years or so since we worked together on a forest research fiber farm (basically, growing trees under irrigation to shorten the rotation length to harvest). he and i are most definitely from two different worlds, but hit it off from day one. we knew laughter and great conversations about many topics as we plowed and planted, weeded and treated for insects. it was an idyllic place in many ways. needless to say, however, i was tough as nails in 'tude and body, most often the sole female, dealing with these many obstinate men.

we moved away as our professions took us elsewhere. and i took up cooking, gardening and sewing, a far different life did i choose to lead as i meander through middle age.

after finding each other, thanks to this great virtual world, he wrote and said that since i had now become quite the domestic goddess...with a chuckle, knowing how once the many negative connotations of such a statement rose the hair on the back of my neck...he'd like to send me a quilt top that his mammy (his daddy's mama) pieced sometime 30 or 40 years ago. of course i said yes! it came in the mail a few weeks later and here i am, finally gazing at it once again.

i love it for the smell. it must have been stored with love and care because there are no wears and tears.

i love it because it truly is a "scrappy" quilt. there are all kinds of materials in here, from tapestry to polyester blends to cotton, and some scraps were pieced together to make a square to size.

and i love it because it was hand pieced with a little bit of machine. perhaps that came at some time later through the years.

i'm going to do my best to bat, back and quilt it. i don't know how it'll go. maybe i'll have to do it by hand, too. regardless, i feel wrapped in the gift of friendship simply to have it. and my hope is when i'm done with it, to send it back that he may have it in his own family, for he, his wife, son and daughter.

thanks so much for letting me hang out here with you, too, in friendship.


QuiltedSimple said...

This is one pretty top! So lucky you are to have such a good friend. I can't wait tos ee what you do with this

Stephanie said...

Very pretty design! Can't wait to see you put your fabulous touch on it!!! How sweet that will be for this family to have this quilt to snuggle in. I'm so glad you have found this friend again. It's nice with todays internet access we can find old friends and stay in touch with the people who have meant something to us, and at the same time reach out and make new wonderful friends... like you! Enjoy your weekend!!! :o)

audreypawdrey said...

How awesome it is that you get to reconnect with old friends! I do love how the internet has made that easier now a days. The quilt is beautiful and please keep us updated with all the magic you add to it! Can't wait to see!

Jennifer said...

That is a very special gift, what a wonderful person your friend must be. He obviously knew you would care for and honour the quilt.

Cheryl said...

What a wonderful story! I'm sure you will finish it beautifully.

Jessica said...

I loved reading the background of this quilt--so many times that is my favorite part of the "quilt" process--that is, the story. It's just lovely!

bearbear said...

beautiful quilt, beautiful story, beautiful thing to do for a friend, and you're a beautiful person. :)

a friend to knit with said...

okay. this is all just so wonderful.
and what life is made of.
i am sure you will do a WONDERFUL job.... to ensure that this treasure remains just that.... a treasure.

Nanci said...

My grandmother made a quilt for my uncle's wedding gift in 1960. I was given the honour of restoring it as best I could.
It was in such bad shape, but machine quilting has preserved it!
They can use it once again with love from me and her precious work.
When you finish this labour of love, you will always be remembered.
It doesn't get better than that.

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