This project actually began last August when my friend and her husband took me along on their trip to the Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, Missouri. You can read about our adventure here.
We had a great time visiting all of the fabric stores in this little town, planning multiple projects to keep us busy through the long winter months.
My friend was planning a Christmas quilt that included an embroidered top and pieced border. Here is a picture of it, a pattern from Crabapple Hill Studios.
We had a great day and came home with some beautiful fabric!
Here is some I bought that day, along with some other material from my stash.
I made them into a lattice-style quilt.
I machine quilted the interior and hand quilted the borders. As I was finishing up the last of the borders, my friend's husband called to tell me that my friend was in the hospital with a severe infection. I was concerned, but she was pretty ill and couldn't receive visitors.
I started binding the quilt and worked on it when I had the time during that next week. Each night, my friend's husband called or sent messages updating on her progress. I then passed these messages on to our other friends.
Her condition did not improve and each day we became more and more concerned. Finally, the unbelievable news came. She had passed away.
We were completely stunned.
I finished binding this quilt the day before she passed. We enjoyed getting together to work on our projects and I was looking forward to showing it to her. There would be no more get-togethers.
It is so hard to believe she's gone. She was such a kind and gentle person and will be greatly missed by many.
When I see this quilt, I'll remember her and all of the fun we had talking and quilting together. It will be bittersweet, though.
My friend and her husband had two daughters. The oldest daughter, Jenn, had a congenital heart condition and, after 21 years and almost completing college, she passed away. That was 13 years ago. My friend's husband said they drove by the cemetery on the day of my friend's passing and noticed two small daffodils blooming on Jenn's grave. They took it as a sign from them both.
I do, too.
Farewell, my good friend.
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