Sing for Joy • Quilt #226
This is the second of my Three Hard Quilts to Make for 2019. It’s a lovely day now that Sing for Joy is finished.
Here was my recipe in four easy steps:
- I decided I wanted to make a quilt with words, so I bought every quilt book there was on words.
- Then I decided I wanted mine a bit wonky and NOT paper-pieced. I posted the how-to’s, one by one on Quilt Abecedary.blogspot.com, where they still live.
- I sent around an email to see if anyone else was interested, and some colleagues in a former online bee jumped in, so we ran the Spelling Bee ran for one year, all of us making words for each other.
- I follow Kviltstina on Instagram, and she has the sweetest little creative shapes on her feed, so I put some of them in this quilt.
The back, showing the signature blocks of my beemates. I had to remake one, when the ink started running down the block when I pressed it; I guess she grabbed the wrong pen. (It’s always something, right?)
My husband and I went out for some photos in our neighborhood park, and several of the walkers asked about it, wondering how long it took to make it? (Why is that always the first question, when people talk to us about our quilts?)
I began in 2016, and finished it this year (some early photos, above). I had to remake some of the words and cut down others, so I could fit them evenly on the quilt. I hand wrote a label and pieced it in with the signature blocks, but if I printed one out it would say:
My brother and I had an active discussion last week about whether or not there is such a thing as a soulmate. I said I believed there is no such thing, as it was the stuff of movies and greeting cards. What is possible is that you find yourself a partner and you work to build a relationship and sustain each other and the family. Soulmates are ephemeral, I said. Of course, he disagreed with me, as so might some of you.
But what I think I do believe in is a cheerleader, someone who has your best interests at heart, who encourages you, listens to you when you’re sad, upset, cheers you on in happy times and is steady and consistent. Someone who is always on your team, and for who you’ll do the same.
This quilt is a tribute to my cheerleader of a husband, who 30 years ago married me and my four young children, raising us all.
He makes me Sing for Joy.