Today was the end of a long chapter in this crafty mama’s life. It began about a year and a half ago with this. I decided to try something I had never done before. Something I didn’t know I could finish or if I would. And so I started on a very long project that has come to mean so much to me. I’m chuckling now as I read that first post where I predict that it will take weeks to finish. It has been one year and four months. But I finished.
With the completion of this project I join a long line of Texas quilters. I have seen quilts made by my mother, my great grandmother, and her mother. In the end, I needed a little help to get it all done before our departure for Africa, and I asked for it from other crafty moms, including my own, who were glad to help out. They remembered the joy they felt when they first began to sew, or when they finished their first quilt, and they were happy to share that with me. Their eyes sparkled when we came to the end of a square, or row, or section. And sharing this with them made my joy more complete. I also became aquainted with a heavenly little corner of Hanover County, Virginia. If you like to sew, I encourage you to stop by Millstone Quilts in Old Church. If you’ve got the time, bring a book and sit a while next to the creek. It’s so gorgeous there.
So, now the quilt is finished. Working on it has been such a joy. I decided almost as soon as I started it that I would be giving this quilt away. It was just too good as a wedding gift for my dear friend Krystal. She was there when I started it, and many of the fabrics were from clothes that she wore. She understands the history of almost every patch and is able to name where they came from. And she is so precious to our family. So, today, on Jason’s birthday, I gave the quilt to them. They’ve now been married for 6 months and I started it just after they were engaged. I love them so much, and I’m so happy for them to have it. It is such an excellent representation of who they were, who they are, and hopefully as the quilt ages and gets passed from generation to generation… who they are yet to be.