This is my 100th post on The Curious Quilter. It is also my birthday. I did not plan it that way, but it happened.
Yep, that is me, on my first birthday many moons ago. A bygone era, linens on the table, lovely dishes, a dress made by my mom, and a cake that would make Betty Crocker or Martha Stewart stand in awe. It’s a far cry from the colorful paper plates that were used for my own kids’ celebrations.
The traditions may have changed, but the sentiments remain the same. Things made with love, to share with the family. Celebrating the end of one year and the start of the next. Taking a minute to reflect on how fast life moves. Perhaps letting a child get all sticky and gooey from too much frosting.
Quilting is like that too. Certainly our grandmothers would be amazed by our quilted creations. They might marvel at the colors and varieties of our fabrics, to say nothing of the opulence of our local fabric shops. I suspect that our diverse sewing machines would seem like magic to them. I can barely imagine what they would make of computer assisted designs and long-arm machines! Then again, they might shudder at the sheer quantity of it all.
But they would recognize that we share the desire to create something lovely, yet practical. Like them, we love the process of making things for friends and families, and occasionally for ourselves. We hope that our quilts cover people with an extra glow of love beyond the warmth that they give. Each quilted creation stands as a record of a moment in time, and we can touch them, look back, and reflect on how fast life goes.
Among the birthday emails, calls, and cards, one stands out for me today. One of my sisters, who is a knitter not a quilter, sent this card. How she managed to find one that looks like fusible appliqué, I do not know. But I appreciate the thoughtfulness that lead her to select it, as well as the sentiment.
Perhaps that is another similarity between birthday celebrations and the quilts we make for others, the thought that this one is right for the person who will receive it, and that we are delighted to send it their way.
And tomorrow, life starts moving towards the next birthday, and the next 100 posts! I wonder just what is in store, and am looking forward to the journey.
Thank you to each of you for sharing some of your own journey with me! – Mary