The Three of Them

Each took some planning, in the head and on paper. Patters determined and fabric chosen, meticulously pieced together. Then once pattern had been played with, placing pieces this way and that way, a work of art was created. Each with their own interpretation.
The first, with muslin and checkered colors, turned out to be trimmed in light purple checked pattern, with butterflies placed strategically, pastel checked colors of green, purple, blue and pink. They stand out against the white and create a soothing cover for chilly nights. The time it took to make was worth it, the idea that popped into her head when she decided to make the quilt. She knew what she was doing and it is still being used today. For 36 years, that quilt has taken me through middle school, high school and married life.
The second, orange, white and other colors, made with love and care, again the detail and planning made the comforting blanket become a beautiful way of saying “I Love You”. Each pattern, vibrant as the person who sewed the pieces of cloth, warm and cozy, has been through multiple moves since getting married to the maker’s grandson. Many a night, the orange has eased the chill.
The latest addition, a brilliant collection of navy blue, green, pink against a cream background, handmade by experienced hands, in a diamond pattern. Many hours were spent deciding color, pattern, and size. Tells me that the person is a hard working individual, with a creative mind, who made this quilt with much care. No elaborate embellishment, just a beautiful work of art with a particular recipient in mind.Each fabric, color, and stitching, resent themselves as loving reminders of family that say together, help one another, and take care of each other. The purpose of any family, providing warmth in the heart with hugs, with words that calm, and hands to hold. The three of them remind of family, and each time they are used, I feel the presence of the makers, each with something different to say. Fabric hugs meant to last forever.


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