A Quiltmaker’s Gift

“Is there anything you want?” my Mom asks, as we walk through a quilt shop during our Seattle visit in May.

That is a dangerous question to be asking as we are surrounded by hundreds of beautiful fabrics.  Ideas start racing through my head and there it is…a quilt for the camper!

We’ve been using an alternative down comforter with a duvet the past two seasons.  I’ve come to realize what a pain-in-the-you-know-what it is to have to wash it every time we return from a trip because we have a very hairy dog, who insists he has to sleep on the 48×78 bed with Mama and Papa.  Having something easy to throw in the wash and place back on the bed would be heavenly!

Mom asks what kind of pattern I might like and what kind of color palettes I’m interested in. Now, the Libra comes out in me: I’m overwhelmed with all the decisions and the hundreds of fabrics to choose from.  I know I want to stick with oranges to match the pillow covers we already have but besides that, I have NO idea.  After looking around, it hit me that I knew exactly what I wanted.  I pulled up a picture on my phone and showed Mom; she laughed out loud but didn’t seem too surprised.  It was a picture of the quilt she had made for the upcoming Friends of Pets Quilt Auction in October.

IMG_0200This pattern was perfect!  Now, I only needed to find material in the color scheme I wanted for the trailer.  After spending several hours in the quilt shop, I think I had found material that would come together to make a fun and visually interesting quilt for the trailer.

I love that my Mom was willing to put the pedal to the metal in order to get the quilt done before Steve and I head out for our next trip to Haines.  She completed it in record time and when I opened the box that arrived yesterday, my heart filled with love and joy.  I knew a lot of love and hard work was put into this beautiful quilt.

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                                  Many, many thanks to my creative and generous Mom                                    because every Airstream needs a Cattle Dog quilt!

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One thought on “A Quiltmaker’s Gift

  1. Yes, Helen. A quilt is an enduring gift. What a special gift you have made for Jen and Steve. I am your best sounding board! Happy Birthday! We are leaving tomorrow for Wisconsin. See you when we get back. Judy

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