M. and I met when I was her daughter's teacher my very first year of teaching. 1988. We've been friends ever since. Our friendship extended beyond just teacher/mother of daughter for many private reasons. She is very special to me. She is a quilter. I know lots of quilters. I know what it takes to make one, the mathematical (um, yeah...) precision it takes, the long hours, and the money invested. I'm in awe of the skills that quilters have.
No one has ever made me quilt before, but M. surprised me with a queen-sized "crazy quilt" in all my favorite colors. Out of the blue. She'd called and said she'd like to stop by because she was in town. She brought me this.
Isn't it gorgeous?
I've tried to figure out the pattern. It's, um, crazy ;-) I asked to explain, "How in the world..." and she tried, but even my highly-trained-in-geometry brain glazed over.
The back shows the machine quilting.
Then we discussed the Big Question. When given an heirloom like this, do you use it like a normal blanket, or do you hang it on the wall to preserve it? Or do you reach some sort of reasonable compromise so that it's used, enjoyed, yet still preserved for future generations?
Here's what I decided. It's my bedspread, in other words, I take it off at night, fold it up neatly, and put it back on in the morning. I do cheat though. If I need a nap, I'll crawl under it (carefully) and snuggle up. It makes me feel so loved and happy to be under all that wonder. Sometimes late at night when I'm curled up with my favorite cooking show, I'll again crawl under it before I put it away for the night.
During the day, when I'm sitting on my bed writing (my favorite place to do so, great back pillow, newly remodeled, tranquil CLUTTER FREE room) (only part of the house really) (and now has my window A/C), I fold back enough of it that I'm not going to cause damage. Then I have that splendor laid out before me as I work.
What do you do when given a keepsake gift? Use it? Keep it safe? Has anyone ever made you a quilt? Are you a quilter?
~Tina, wrapped in love, and oh so grateful
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