When one goes through difficult and dark times, you find out who your friends really are. I’ve been reminded in countless ways that I am greatly blessed and surrounded by caring, loving friends.
My Des Moines MQG friends started making a quilt for Frank as soon as he was diagnosed. In addition, they dropped off a gift card for me each week to use at a healthy grocery store/restaurant near the hospital. When he passed away two weeks later, they decided to finish the quilt anyway, and give it to me. I finally attended a meeting again a few months later, when they presented it to me:Frank played the banjo, guitar, and mandolin and was as interested in music as I am fabric. He knew very little about quilts when we started dating, and I remember us visiting a small neighboring town, and they happened to have a mini quilt show on display in the Public Library. He asked a lot of questions, about what makes a quilt a quilt, the layers, the process, block names. He even read some of my quilting books over the years, learned to identify certain traditional blocks (so he could impress my friends by knowing the lingo), and enjoyed visiting quilt shops with me just to see “how one differed from the next”. The fact that this quilt combines his hobby and my hobby–he would have been over the moon for it!
Twelve different members contributed banjo and guitar blocks on light backgrounds, one member pieced the blocks together, another member pieced the back (using some musical quotes and sheet music fabric:
then they passed it along to another member who quilted it (using echoing lines to give it the feel of the music reverberating). There is a label on the back with all of their names.
I love the details in some of these instruments:The inside of that red banjo (above) says “hope” the brown and blue banjo (top right) says “pure grace” on the bridge (at the bottom of the strings). The guitar below has tiny musical notes inside the sound hole:
It’s a shame he never got to see this quilt, he would have been so impressed and so touched. I am. It reminds me of him, and as I said, the fact that it combines our favorite hobbies makes it all the more special. Thank you, again, for everything.
Really wonderful post, wonderful quilt and wonderful friends!!
I have often not asked, not wanting to stir you up at an especially raw time, unknowable by me. But rest assured that you & Frank have been in my prayers by name most days the last year. I’ve been heartened beyond words both to see you stay out & about thru this grueling time & by people who love you coming alongside. I love you & have very great respect for how you’re walking your walk.
Doris Brunnette Sent from my iPhone
This quilt is so amazing! And your quilt guild friends are so amazing for making this project which is so personal and meaningful to you in many ways! Thinking of you all the time… xo
This quilt is so well planned and beautiful. I believe Frank knows you are wrapped in it’s love. I am so moved by your strength to be able to write these last two posts. Hugs.