A few months ago I had a customer come in and ask if I could sew some blocks together for her. I said, of course I would be happy to do it. Then, she showed me the blocks...they were beautiful red, green, tan and cream sampler blocks. They were very hard blocks to make...Dresden Plate, Tumbling Blocks, Appliqué Hearts, Grandmother's Flower Garden, Turkey Tracks - all the usual suspects...AND they were all hand pieced! They were done very well with lots of room for seam allowance without losing ANY points. We decided that they couldn't be just sewn together that they needed sashing and cornerstones...a few of the blocks were smaller than the others, so we would put frames around those to make them a little bigger...
So, I had to ask her what was the story of the blocks...and what she told me warmed my heart and I want to share the story with you.
It turns out 20 years ago she had a very good friend and they started quilting together. They had made these blocks together and these were her friends. They were teachers together here in Stafford and her friend had been very meticulous about putting these blocks together. She further explained that quilting wasn't her thing and she had since had 5 kids and here just wasn't time for her to do them.
So, I asked her how did she end up with the blocks...she stated that her friend had passed away of cancer and that she had had these blocks for 19 years...and she wanted to get them put together and quilted to give it to one of their very good mutual friends. This just warmed my heart and I couldn't wait to get started!
Here is a picture of what it looked like when we it was finished. She was thrilled and I am so happy to say that her friend loved it too! She wrote to me afterward and let me know that her friend was very surprised and very happy to have it. I love my job!!!