Finally, after working on it for over two years, my scrappy Independence Park quilt is finished! As I put the final stitches into the binding, I thought that Independence Park was far from an adequate name for the quilt. This quilt is filled with the names of women who have touched my life in incredible ways. This is a quilt that honors them as they have honored me. So the name changed to the Greatest Women Quilt.
This is my Grandmother, the woman who started it all for me. The woman who is never far from my thoughts. I miss her greatly and I could not have thought of a better way to honor her than to stitch her into a quilt.
This block is in honor my my dear Aunt Mary. She was a cheerful light in my life when I was growing up. I miss her greatly and look forward to sharing a drink with her someday when we meat again, this time it will be my treat.
This is my cousin Ginny. Regretfully we never met until I was an adult, but gratefully we did meet. Ginny feels like a sister to me. We speak only once a year; every Christmas she phones me and it is like no time has passed at all. She is a blessing in my life and I am very grateful for her.
This is Ginny’s mother, my other Aunt Mary. Regretfully I did not meet her either until I was a young adult, but what an impression she left upon me. Joyful, hard working and kind beyond belief. I truly wish I had had more time with her.
This woman is a savior to me. I owe her my eternal love and gratitude as she is the woman who saved my youngest son from a life of homelessness and drug addiction. She opened her heart and home to him when I no longer could. She relocated him to another state away from his misery and helped him though his recovery. She gave me back my son. I ask myself every single day, “What is the price of a life?” “How can I ever repay her for her love, kindness and generosity?” No answers have come to me yet, so I added her to my quilt so she will be remembered for her actions long after I am gone.
These are just a few of the women who made it to my quilt. The women on this quilt have touched me the greatest along my life journey. The women on this quilt have blessed me beyond words and I am grateful for each and every one of them. I still have many blocks left open, so I can add new names along the way.
A word to the wise for all quilters and sewers around the world: When using someone else pattern, test it. Never being cutting out pieces and stitching before you do. This quilt was designed by a well known quilter and quilt historian and I trusted her pattern: BIG mistake on my part: Nothing aligned up properly. Many of the blocks had to be stretched a bit so they would fit together. It was a quilting nightmare especially when making a queen sized quilt! So do yourself a favor and test your pattern before you begin the larger project.
On the bright side, the batting that I used (sorry, but I can’t recall which one it is), crinkled up nicely when the quilt was washed and tumbled dry, so the misaligned seams aren’t easily visible.
Happy Quilting and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!