Friday, March 24, 2006
Jane and the Cream Puff
My friend, Jane, is a very special friend. She's hung in here with me through the trials and tribulations of the past couple of years, always knows when to offer advice, when to just listen, when to roll her eyes at me so I won't take myself quite so seriously, and, most importantly, has taught me to say, "No, that won't work for me." I'm still practicing that line!
Jane gave me a bag full of fabrics for a present a couple of years ago. I don't remember now if it was Christmas or birthday, but I was delighted with those fabrics. She even included a lovely handwritten note with suggestions for their use. She pulled from her stash all the neutrals, and enough fabric for the sashings, cornerstones and binding.
When I was marathon cutting before my surgery, I decided to take out the neutrals, and I spent a delightful afternoon looking through them. Jane has a stash that would shock the most die-hard fabric collector. Her stash makes mine look pitiful by comparison. But the thing about Jane's stash is there isn't much of what I'd call 'serious' fabric in it. Jane has the most wonderful sense of humor, and her stash reflects that!
Take, for instance, these neutrals. All right, they're neutrals. So what? When you look closer, you see dogs and cats and all sorts of things hidden in there. But the most coveted square in the quilt is the square of frogs! You see, Jane is a frog person. She loves frog fabric, and almost all of her quilts have a frog in them somewhere. I figured I must be a real friend, indeed, if she was sharing her frog fabric with me!
This was another one-handed quilt that was pieced after my shoulder surgery. It's so simple, and yet I just love this quilt. It needs to be laid out flat for a while to get rid of the creases. I think I'll just put it on my bed!
My friend, Jane - my friend.