Amy is hosting a Bloggers’ Quilt Festival. To see bunches of beautiful quilts and read inspiring stories, please visit Amy’s blog and those listed in the link box.
I’ve shared this quilt here several times but it is my all time favorite.
On June 13, 2005, I originally wrote about this quilt. Here’s the story . . copied from there.
Back when American Patchwork & Quilting magazine began collecting blocks for the breast cancer auction, maybe in early 2004, I was a member of Alex Anderson’s message board (AAMB – which no longer exists). We decided to have everyone who wanted to participate send me a friendship star . . light pink star on a dark pink background or vice versa. And, they were to send me a fq of the background fabric for the sashing. So, I made the quilt, quilted it and sent it in.
I patiently waited for the auction to begin so I could try to get our quilt back. It was in one of the first few batches of quilts and I began to bid and bid and bid! Like everything I really want on ebay, someone else really wanted it too! So, it got way above my price range and I gave up. Right before the auction ended, I ran back to ebay and tried a couple more times but by now it was WAY above what I could pay and I was pretty relieved when this determined person outbid me AGAIN.
There’s a very generous lady who was also on Alex Anderson’s MB named Vicky. I asked one of our mutual friends if Vicky was the one bidding and she had no idea (so she said!). After the auction ended, this friend did a little investigating and tracked the winning bidder back to somewhere in east Texas. She even gave me the lady’s name and I looked her up on whitepages.com. Another friend said she had a sister near this person and she would contact her and let her know the details of the quilt. This was all back in July or August, 2004 I think. Both these friends (and most everyone else) knew it was really Vicky and they were probably sweating buckshot when I said I might contact this person myself! Thankfully I didn’t try to contact that person.
So, from last summer til this summer, I would think about that quilt every now and then and wondered why someone had wanted it so badly who had not been a part of the group making the quilt. I’d wake up some mornings and as I was laying in bed thinking about what I’d work on that day, I’d think about the pink quilt. I had decided that the winning bidder had someone special in her life who had been touched by breast cancer, this person loves pink and so . . she kept outbidding me to get the quilt.
Then, last weekend I hosted a retreat at Paducah. There were 37 of who us attended and almost all of us had met and gotten to be friends on the AAMB. Vicky was to come but she couldn’t be there. The first night, one of the ladies said she had a note to read from Vicky because everyone was so disappointed she couldn’t be there. Well, it wasn’t a note to everyone at all but a note to me from Vicky telling me how much I had helped her along the way with her quilting and they presented me with that quilt. I was so shocked and so thrilled. I felt so bad that I had been bidding against Vicky on that quilt and . .everyone else at the retreat had known for months that Vicky had the quilt and was going to give it to me. Wasn’t that the sweetest thing? I still can’t read Vicky’s note without crying!
We call it the “boomerang quilt” because it came back to me and I am so thrilled to have it back!
New Note: One day I’m going to have a pink bedroom. It may be a guest room but that quilt will have a home on my bed one day. I rotate my quilts on the bed and every now and then, I get tempted to put the boomerang quilt on the bed but I’m not about to take a chance on messing it up. It’s one of the very few, maybe the only, quilts that we have that we don’t dare use. I love and it means the world to me. Of course, with her blog, we all now know Vicky. And, though I’ve told her many times before, THANKS!
Judy, I read your blogs every day. I am so glad you entered this quilt in the festival. I remember when AP&Q did the pink quilts. I sent in a pink square as my bff was battling cancer at the time. When I sent in the square she was undergoing chemo, and by the time the quilts were being auctioned off, she had passed away. It was a very bittersweet thing for me to search through the pink quilts. I miss my very best friend soooo much. We had been friends for 20 years and she died way too young. Thanks for sharing the story about your pink quilt and a very generous Vicky.
Carol Hansen says
What a wonderful story and a lovely quilt.
What a wonderful quilt and what a touching story! I can see why this would be your favorite quilt. Thanks for sharing the story for those (like me) who hadn’t heard it before.
Terrie Sandelin says
What a wonderful story! And the quilt is really beautiful.
This quilt is so beautiful. The pictures just don’t do it justice. It makes my heart happy to know this is your favorite!
I never tire of hearing this story and still remember your suprised look as the story was read.
What a fantastic story and friends and a lovely quilt. Seems to me, you really need to get working on that pink bedroom!
esther aliu says
Judy,I am deeply moved by your story.Thank you for sharing.
Love the quilt too.
I remember this story well! It was a special quilt and a special story. My diagnosis in the fall of 05 made me realize just how important quilts made for this cause are to keeping up awareness of Breast Cancer and how many lives it changes. Hugs, Gwen
This is a great story! All the fiber arts seem to bring people and stories together.
I will visit and comment on your blog often.
It’s a great quilt. I didn’t know what you meant at first about the background fabric in the sashing. I had to look closely to see it. Love that setting!
Hi Judy! What a great quilt with loads of movement. Take care.
One of the things I miss about not having guest rooms (yes, I had 4 in Marietta after Adam moved out) is not being able to wander in one of them and see the quilts on the bed. My room never stays all that neat so it’s not the same as walking into a guest room.
Ivory Spring says
Lovely quilt – and great story!
Amy @ parkcitygirl says
Beautiful quilt & story!! Thank you for sharing 🙂
Penny G says
What a great story. Luckily your boomerang came back. It is beautiful.