Monday, August 20, 2007

Craig's quilt

Life has been difficult even more difficult than usual lately. I'm really getting weary of bad things happening to good people. Finding out that my good friend Craig (Karene's super sweet, super funny and all around 'NICE GUY' husband) had a brain tumor.......and then exactly what kind it was......well, not the news we were hoping to hear, to say the least.

Quilters make hugs. I truly feel that quilts are hugs, sitting across a chairback or lying at the foot of a bed, waiting for someone to pull them around themselves and "feel the love." They warm bodies and they warm the appearance of a room, reminding one that someone (especially the quilter) cares and is thinking about you, etc.....

Yvette and I decided to make Craig a quilt, hoping that if he was chilly or feeling tired and curled up on the couch resting (maybe watching his beloved football!) after some of his treatments, he would get some use from it. And maybe remember how many people are hoping, praying, that he can get enormous benefit from the treatment that may be making him feel pretty miserable. Yvette was on her way to see her cousin, who owns a quilt store. So while on vacation at her cousin's, she looked high and low for "manly" flannel prints! She brought them home with her after her vacation, and cut the pieces.....















I was astounded how quickly she pieced the quilt.....she's a whiz!! We met the following Saturday at Leah's in Orange and with Eva, her mom, we pinned three quilts, one of them Craig's. Eva was quite speedy too! Maybe speediness runs in the family! Yvette and I placed the pins and Eva was zipping around closing them faster than we could get them placed....

Enter our Teacher Extraordinaire and wonderful friend Janet Salcido, who also wanted to be a part of this quilt. She took the pinned quilt home and did her beautiful stippling and called me to pick it up for my part. I cut and sewed on the binding and then hand stitched it all around....

We met at Leah's again on Sunday......Karene was taking part in the All Day Sew that Janet was teaching, so we knew we could give the quilt to her, and she could carry it home to Craig.








(L-R me, Karene, Janet, Yvette)










He loved it. He wrote a beautiful note to all three of us.....And it was then that it all clicked in my mind. He mentioned that as he "goes through the treatments, and begins to understand what God has in store for Karene and him, the quilt is a symbol of the journey." The name of this quilt pattern is "Brick Road."




















Flannel Brick Road, from November/December 2006 issue, Fons and Porter (24 fat quarters or 12 half yards of different flannels used for this size)















And my final thought for today:

4 comments:

Yvette said...

That was a beautifully written synopsis. Thank you!

Karene said...

Not only a beautifully written synopsis, but the most beautiful gift !!! I'm truly blessed to have good friends like you. Love all of you from the bottom of my heart !

catfish said...

Not only is Craig's quilt beautiful (though not as beautiful as the one you guys made for me) but I really love the embroidered piece on the back with everyone's name, etc. Any chance you could do a square for me with the date and everyone's name who participated and I will sew it to the back??

Joy said...

Absolutely Deborah!! I think I have some of the material left, but if not, will put it on a nice white-on-white print and get it to you! I have a lot to learn about my embroidery machine - but I think labels will be one thing I use it for a LOT!