It is a fact, unfortunately, that bad things can happen to good people. It sucks, but it is true. For me it is happening to someone who has known me longer than anyone else in the world other than my family. Really, she remembers the day my parents brought me home from the hospital. That is a long history to share.
She lives about 2,500 miles away. I can't be there. I can't make dinners, hold hands, bake cookies, provide transport. All I can do is offer a hug, in the only way a quilter can from a distance. Salt Air is for my friend. I am hoping that every time she uses it she will know that I am thinking of her. When words fail me maybe actions might make do.
There are things I wish were better about this quilt. I wanted it to to be perfect. But I am not going to talk about them at all. This quilt is not about that. It would have been nice if I could find somewhere to photograph it that didn't get strong shadows cast upon it though. A beautiful day for photos, and shadows. So this is my favourite photo. Only half of the quilt but no shadows. I can compromise!
Salt Air is the perfect fabric for my friend. She is an outdoors person who loves the ocean. I can never picture her living far from it. She is strong, and funny, and so very determined. Bad things can happen to good people, but they can overcome them. I truly believe that.
I quilted words all around the border. It is my message to my friend.
hope * joy * happiness * faith * harmony * unity
family * friends * love * laughter
Well, the words are there, though they were very hard to photograph. You'll just have to trust me on this one. The binding was scrappy made up of all the leftover bits, and a couple strips of Kona Charcoal thrown in. I quilted the front with Aurifil 50 2021, and the back in a variegated dark golden yellow Aurifil 40. I just did a looping stipple all over the HSTs. It measures approximately 58" x 66".
This is my hug for my friend, a quilter's hug.