July 4, 2013

Esther's quilt

Most of the quilts I start are "on spec"; they have no one or no purpose in mind.  I just let my creative juices flow and I have a quilt to give away when I need one.  This week I've pulled two different stacks of fabric and just couldn't get started; I even had a design in mind.  Those stacks are still waiting.

Last night I recalled a recent conversation I had with a neighbor.  Bob and I met this couple before our houses were built.  We bought lot #144, and they bought lost # 146, on the same day.  That's when we met, months before our houses were built and ready for us.  Ed and Esther are good neighbors; we have keys to each others homes.

About 10 years ago, Esther started changing; and these changes slowly progressed to dementia.  She's only about 5 years older than I am, so it's early.  Ed's her caregiver and he does a terrific job.  Ed and I chatted out on the street, the way neighbors do, and he caught me up on how his wife was doing.  Esther has been on my mind and I decided to make her a quilt.

Her favorite color is purple.  I think she wears more purple than anyone I know.  I happen to have a lot of purple in my stash because I have a lot of fabric and one of my daughters also loves purple.

This is the stack of fabric I pulled.  The ones that look light gray and white are lavenders.  Eleven prints and seven solids.

This is the block I'm making - 2.5x5" strips, joined with a 1x5" strip of white.  I got all the cutting and 49 of these blocks done, today.  Now, I'm going to watch the Dodgers!
May your bobbins always be full,

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