As quilters, we truly never know the influence we may have on folks. Sometimes, it’s when we give them a quilt, they experience the love and caring freely given by a friend, or even a stranger, as in the quilts for West or the QOVs so many of us make.
Years and years ago . . I’m thinking 1980-ish, I was a big chicken. Oh, heck . . that was yesterday. Honestly, I’ve been a big chicken forever. But, I was a chicken back then too. We lived next door to some good friends. Their daughter was in high school and when my “then husband” was out of town, which was several nights a week, my neighbor’s daughter would come over and spend the night with me.
The other night, I was on someone else’s Facebook page and ran across the girl so I sent her a friend request and we begin chatting. Here’s part of our conversation.
I started sewing in January, having so much fun. Teaching myself to machine quilt,
piecing and free motion quilting. You were my inspiration years ago.
Then she mentioned this:
Mud Face, Vic’s Vapor Rub and Soccer.
See . . I’ve had my Vick’s Vapo Rub habit for many years. My bad habits seem to last forever and my good habits .. not sure there have been any good habits so no need to go there. Soccer was my evil dachshund. That dog was mean as a snake. He would bite me if I crossed him.
Mud Face was this huge wooden statue and we’d close the bedroom door, lock it and stick Mud Face under the door handle so no one could open the door. Yep, I was a chicken! I had totally forgotten about Mud Face!
We never know when the quilting seed is being planted, or how long it will take it to sprout. Sometimes, the seed lands on fallow ground and is never cultivated but when the seed does find a glimmer of hope and sprouts, it sure makes us old time quilters happy. I’m thrilled that my friend has started quilting and I am sending her my books. She should enjoy looking through those and hopefully will find just a little more inspiration from my work.