Here she is – my Anna Marie Horner lap quilt. Truthfully, I was not invested in finishing this top, but I dreamed about it the other night and it was warmly wonderful – providing comfort to a stranger. Not one to dismiss the ‘potent’ nature of dreams, I finished her off with echinacea blooms – a healing flower. I am happy. This is from the ‘Pretty Potent‘ AMH line. I’m going to hand quilt it with large stitches. And then I’m going to use the dickens out of it! It will be interesting to see how the gray linen wears against its cotton cousins. One is always warned against mixing fiber content, but I say – let’s use what we have! My idea of a quilt keeps changing – I’ve gone from serious exhibitor to playful indulgent. I am letting my heart lead.
There’s been a lot of loss this past week. I did love David Bowie’s hit ‘Changes’ a lot, but the man, and his sense of style never appealed to me. We can talk about Alan Rickman at length. The man was a genius. His voice – crisp leathery velvet, I could listen all night. He was hilariously funny too – in that clipped British vein that few master. I’m going to miss that man.
On a personal note, I lost a dear friend this week. She was an exceptional human being – an artist, a chef, a gardener, a mentor, a friend, an educator – these are a few of the hats that she wore. Born in a detention camp, she became a phoenix – a light so vivid, a personality so generous and creative and strong – there will never be another to equal her. My gratitude is immense – to have known and loved her was a gift unlike any other. Maggie Tashiro Caccamo – rest in peace, dear friend. I’ll see you again. You can teach me a new method – show me something that I need to see. I use the same scissors that you gave to me every time I sit at my machine. Your temari ball has a place of honor in a porcelain bowl on the dining table. You are all around me.
There is a young woman in this family who struggles with addiction and has recently made a courageous, and hopefully, successful change. These are the times that call for warm quilts.
I know. Kate Spain. Her colors demand a smile. The pattern – ‘Second Wind‘ seems a good fit for this lively group of cottons AND the young woman whose success I so applaud and continue to pray for. You’ll have to excuse me now- I have a lot of finishing to do!