Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Healing Power of Quilts

Wow, what a journey this has been - 2 years in the making, this quilt has changed designs, moved with me, had a few "oopsies," and survived a bump in the relationship between me and the quilt's recipient. I started this quilt with the intention of gifting it to my boyfriend's daughter for her 21st birthday. The fans were fussy cut, the Geisha was hand painted, and the back is pieced with a border. Here she is, in all her glory:


And, for those who may have missed it the first time around, here she is, close up:


One of my favourite parts of this quilt is the back - here it is:


And, of course the koi fish need a bit of close up, as well:


I used gold embroidery thread on the back, so that it would blend in with all of the gold print. It was delivered on Friday to Tim's daughter, and received with much delight. I won't go into details of our falling out, but suffice it to say that it is not easy to be the serious romantic interest of another girl's dad, even if her parents have been apart for much longer than he and I have been together.

 Finishing this quilt was my way of working through our difficulties. I figured that if I could still put all the love required into making it, and have it ready for her special birthday, then I could leave our disagreement behind - this would suffice as my closure on that subject. It was a very emotional thing for me, to finish it, to give it, and to know that it was received with such joy and appreciation. Quilts bring us warmth; they bring joy, and they bring comfort. Perhaps this quilt can also act as a band aid, to help heal the hurt that was caused, and maybe it's even strong enough to be a bridge for the two of us, giving us a path to better days ahead and a more loving relationship. I know that is my wish, anyway...

1 comment:

Penny said...

I'm speechless (no not really *smile*) -- this is an incredible quilt. I love the design (both front and back). The most wonderful thing about it is that it was created from the heart, for all the right reasons. Let the healing begin...