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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Quilt Festival - 2009

Quilt Festival, 2009

Amy, at Park City Girl, is hosting a fun Quilt Festival!

I found Amy's site during my daily visit to A Passion for Applique. I think I'd like to participate, so here is my quilt! I didn't have to think twice about which one to enter.

For several years, I worked with a woman who became very dear to me. We team taught a self-contained classroom for children with severe behavior disorders at the elementary level in a small North Texas town. She had a passion for Angels. I had a passion for quilting.

During all those years, I made quilt after quilt after quilt. But I never made her a darned thing. Eleven years ago, I moved away and she remained a true friend despite the miles between us. I worried over the fact that I'd never made her a quilt. Both of her girls graduated from high school, and they each received a quilt. For her birthday one year, I bought her a puzzle of a quilt, and attached a note that said, "Guess you'll just have to make your own."

One day I saw this pattern in an issue of an Australian quilt magazine, and knew it was for her! I ordered the pattern without thinking twice. I'd decided to construct it all from scraps. I'd work on it for a little while, then put it away and finish other things. I drag it out and work on it some more, then away it would go, and other projects were started and completed. I should mention that each block is hand appliqued using the blanket stitch. The blocks and borders are machine stitched, the layers hand quilted.

Finally, after I had been gone for 9 years, 7 years after I purchased the pattern, I completed her quilt and was able to send it for Christmas~2006. She was so delighted, she re-designed her guest room around it!

This is my only photo, I'm sorry to say. It would fit a double bed.



15 comments:

Zonnah said...

It is very adorable :)

Bunny said...

Beautiful quilt too cute.

Serena said...

This quilt feels so happy! What a nice story also. Thanks for sharing. I love the angels.

Stephanie said...

Definitely worth the wait. You found something perfect just for her. Thanks for sharing.

The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique said...

Oh...I LOVE it! Awesome...that is one thing I wish I could do....quilt! I am envious! Beautiful!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Well it sounds like she has been an angel of a friend. What a special quilt. Very adorable.

scrappy quilter said...

What an adorable quilt and wonderful gift.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Love the design

karen said...

Thank you, everyone! It was such a feeling of accomplishment to finish it. Every inch stitched with love!

Peg Wentworth said...

What a great quilt and story behind it. Thanks for sharing it.

Mary-Kay C. said...

That's a beautiful story and I'm glad your friend loves the quilt. It's very beautiful. Keep on quilting.

Patty said...

This is such a cute quilt!

stitchinpenny said...

Wonderful Story, Wonderful quilt.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

What a special, beautiful quilt!! Thanks for sharing :)

Carrie P. said...

Great quilt. I am glad I got see it.