I took my daughter to college a couple of weeks ago. She is our 5th of 8, and though you’d think it would get easier, I can officially say that it does not. This drop-off was HARD for me. I mean, I acted fine while we were moving her in, but inside I was anything but. There were definitely silent tears on my drive home. I have missed her presence terribly, but I know it’s the right next step in her life. She did take a piece of home with her, though. I finished Marian’s quilt.
Marian made the quilt blocks years ago. She and her sister both wanted to sew, and I felt like Marian’s personality would do better with improv sewing than following a pattern. She jumped in and had fun, sewing several blocks.
Blocks that sat. For years. Because she couldn’t decide what color she wanted for sashing.
Last Christmas I used all the colors she liked to finish the quilt top for her and she loved it. I worked up the courage to put it on my longarm so I could send it with her to school. And oh, how I’ll look back at this one to laugh! I decided to go for it and try a custom border that I definitely don’t have the skill for. Yet if I never try it, how will I get the skill? I learned good lessons as I tried to create a feather design all the way around the blocks in the white border. There are a few spots that look good up close, but it’s mostly a hot mess.
One of the best parts is the back. A simple rainbow striped sheet. It’s a sheet we used at the beach house, and I kept it to put on the back of her quilt. I knew I could trust her with it, trust her to love it more for the memory. A scrappy binding made of leftovers from past quilts finishes it off. It’s a perfectly imperfect quilt.
She loves it though. Which is kind of her. That’s been one of her gifts to our family – loving us with all our flaws, not complaining about how lame we are or how we could improve. She accepted this gift for what it was, flaws and all. And I know she’ll treasure it. The way she looked when I put it around her shoulders the first time, and how she kept it there, was enough for me. Marian’s quilt might be full of flaws, but Marian is a treasure.
Smiles like that are the best part of quilting! This might be the best collaboration I’ve ever participated in. I hope she treasures it like I do.