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A Stitch In Time

One of the items on my Fab Fun List is to learn to quilt (#33). Actually, it’s a bit more specific than that – I want to learn to quilt with Dee. And I’m happy to report that last weekend I took the first step in that direction.

But first, let me give you a bit of an explanation.

Dee is my Mom’s cousin. No, that’s not her real name, but the special name that her children and grandchildren use. She and my Mom were best friends growing up and, when my parents died many years ago, Dee and her husband kinda took me under their wing. Even though they lived far away, they always made a point of stopping in to see me and my children whenever they were back in Ontario.

She always called on my birthday, and I did travel west to visit them when I could. When my son was cycling across Canada a few years ago, he stayed with them for a while. They always made us feel like family.

Over the years, I became quite close with one of her daughters. And, just like our mothers before us, we’re more like sisters than cousins. Best friends.

Dee’s husband passed away a few years ago, and she has now moved back to Ontario to live along the shores of Lake Erie. It’s wonderful to have her so close, within easy driving distance, and I go see her as often as I can.

Her diningroom table is always covered with fabric – pieces cut out in geometric shapes and blocks partly completed. She’d already made a large quilt for each of her children and grandchildren years ago, so now she has a new project – making lap quilts using material from her husband’s favourite shirts. Keepsake quilts sewn with love, incorporating fabric that the recipients will recognize and cherish forever.

At Christmas, I asked if she’d be willing to help me learn to quilt. Admittedly, I’m not into hand sewing, nor am I particularly patient (and I suspect both are prerequisites for quilting!) She said she had the perfect book for me as a starting point.

Last weekend, she gave me the book – The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Quilting! Okay, I know it wasn’t titled with me in mind, but …

She also gave me a few pointers. Apparently ironing is really important (drat, I don’t like ironing), washing the fabric before you start, and owning a stitch ripper (I happen to have two – does that tell you anything about my sewing abilities?) She also mentioned the key ingredient … you guessed it … patience!

So I may be up against a tough challenge here, but the book is teaching me a lot about quilt history and design.

However, I promise not to check this item off my list until I’m actually cutting and sewing! I’ll keep you posted đŸ™‚

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    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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