Homeward Bound Quilt and Lesson Learned

Back in April of 2016, I wrote a post about this quilt top. I was struggling with the quilt, and the post was about how I took it to a Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild meeting and the ladies there encouraged me to finish it. I got some encouraging comments about the quilt here, too, and one of them was from Kara, a dear friend since high school, who has been a supporter of my blog since the beginning.

Well, all that encouragement wasn’t enough to get me to finish the quilt quickly, but I did finish it. In fact, there was a bit of a push to get it done before I left for Wisconsin at the end of July this year. Because I decided to give the quilt to Kara.

That decision was easy after I learned a little lesson this spring. In April, another friend from high school, Lynn, died. She was my high school locker partner, we went to the same college, we took vacations together, and I was the maid of honor at her wedding. When I was in Wisconsin for her funeral, my Mom (an avid quilter) said she had always thought that, when the time came to give away her quilts, she would give a particular yellow and black one to Lynn because Lynn had liked it so much. And Mom was sad she couldn’t do that anymore.

Lynn’s death was a really crappy thing, and I have struggled to make sense of it. But if I can’t make sense of it, I guess I can at least learn from it. So Lynn’s death taught me this: Give the quilt. Show your love. Do it now.

So Kara got her quilt. It was a complete surprise, of course, since we hadn’t given each other gifts in years. It turns out Kara had inherited a quilt rack but didn’t have anything to put on it, so the quilt came in handy that way, too. Kara said this bright, quirky quilt reminds her of both me and Lynn. That works for me.

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  1. Kara

     /  August 16, 2017

    You made me cry again! I love it so much and it looks even better in person.

    • I always post a link to the blog on Facebook, and this time I wrote: “I cry often, but I don’t usually cry while writing blogs posts. The one was the exception.” So glad you like the quilt.

  2. Beautiful story. Glad you finished it and so sorry you lost that friend. I have been giving quilts away for a long time to friends, family, strangers. Last year at Christmas. 4 kids on my street got a lapquikt from. Mrs, Claus. Quilts had their names embroidered in the, I left them in a bag on their porches Christmas Eve. It is a good feeling when you share share love thru stitches.

  3. Beautiful quilt and a good lesson learned. Thank you for sharing.


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