Tuesday, 21 February 2017

A Hug To Wrap Up In

In terms of cozy comfort there are few things in life that can offer the same sense of warmth and love as curling up with a handmade quilt...well, perhaps snuggling a wee puppy would come close, but we just can't go around passing out puppies when the going gets tough.

Months ago one of my Secret Society of Barn Builders friends, Glen who blogs over at Quilts and Dogs, found herself victim to Louisiana flooding and lost practically everything she owned. My heart was broken for her. I couldn't imagine watching dirty floodwaters destroy my home, but she did. She watched it, she lived it, mourned it. And then she triumphed over it; brave, strong and determined. 

Being so far away meant there was little I could offer in terms of help or support so I rallied our SSOBB friends and together we set out to send her our love. Quilters don't necessarily need more quilts but this one definitely needed a hug. Blocks came from far and wide to make the quilt that would wrap her in our support. I stitched them together in the middle of a power outage with a little lamp and my old Kenmore plugged into a tiny generator...it gave me pause to think of my small inconvenience compared to the problems our friend was facing...you know, count your blessings, right?  The Robot made short work of the quilting and soon it was ready to go.





Glen had plans made to visit Nova Scotia in September but the flood ruined that too. On learning that she had canceled her East Coast excursion it seemed to me that a piece of Nova Scotia tartan needed to be included in the binding, and i just happened to have a piece if it in my stash. When I set out to take pictures of her quilt to share with the SSOBB gang I thought that they should showcase a bit of Nova Scotia's oceanside charm as well...and Sister PurpleBoots has just the spot for such a photo shoot!




During the time I was trying to get the SSOBB's hug finished and sent out to Glen my own world had turned upside down. I ended the 27 year relationship with Mr. PurpleBoots at about the same time and had difficulty focusing on quilty things and The Robot offered little in terms of therapy. Jack helped some, but some things just have to be processed at face value...raw, real and messy. 

It was during this time that I received a box in the mail from New Hampshire. My friend and quilty mentor, Lynne from The Patchery Menagerie, had lovingly sent me my very own hug. It came at just the right time...warm, cozy and colourful. Her quilt brought tears of joy and has since absorbed the weight of many more tears, some not quite so joyful, because she made me promise to use it...thick or thin. And I have!


As quilters we know some people refuse to use the quilts we share because they think they are "too nice" and "don't want to mess them up". While this may well be a thoughtful mindset and it certainly shows the recipients care I think quilts are best used, abused and lived with. Quilts should accompany you on your journey at arms length, always at the ready when you need them. A quilt in the closet can offer little comfort on a day when you need a hug.


12 comments:

  1. And there's nothing more soothing than snuggling in a quilt-y hug and having your puppy dogs snuggled right in with you. What a beautiful gift from Lynne....since she can relate directly with this point in your life, she knew just what you needed.

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  2. yes, a hug from friends is the best thing to help you through the hard times! How do I know?

    I was the recipient of that big beautiful quilt, and my friends hug me every night!

    I can't tell you how much I appreciate the beauty in that quilt!

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  3. It's such a wonderful feeling to give a quilt too! Im glad you love your quilt.

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  4. This has to be one of my favorite posts ever --- you are SO right about the power of a gifted quilt and how important it is to USE those gifts. Thank you for this ....

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  5. BTW, I just love those beauty shots of Glen's quilt!

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  6. Love that quilt for several reasons - it is beautiful and the thought behind making this for Glen is beautiful too! I felt the same way about her situation - she was too far away to be a help, but I came up with something at least I could send her and let her know that I think about her situation all the time and root her on!

    I wish you all the best too. I know what it is like to end a long term marriage. It is hard to start all over again. I am glad you got a quilt hug!

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  7. quilty hugs are the best. and dog snuggles, but like you said, we can't just pass out puppies! oh the dream...

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  8. Quilty hugs are the best and so happy for you to have been the recipient of a quilt to snuggly in . The quilt sent off to your friend is a very happy quilt too . Hugs .

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  9. I came over from Glen's blog and am so glad she sent me. Love your writing.
    The quilt is beautiful. I am so happy for Glen that y'all did such a loving gesture. Thanks from her other bloggy friends!

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  10. How nice of you to send a "hug" and then receive your own. Hope you are doing okay.

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  11. Bless your heart. I hope to see you this year to give you a real hug! I'm sure Glen was very thankful for her quilty hug, as were you! Hang in there! XO

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  12. Quilty friends are the best! And quilty hugs are the best!

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