Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My Biggest Fan

Ellen Degeneres is not the only one who can take "groupies". We laughed so much trying to take this photo.

For as long as I can remember this family has been a part of my life. From the mid-1950's when we first met, through the 60's when we spent a lot of time visiting each other's homes and I actually thought that they might become my in-laws (doesn't everyone have a crush on the family friend's son?) Through weddings, and babies and the deaths of loved ones...Pat and LaVonne have been my dearest friends. 
LaVonne has recently become my biggest fan, too. She has always cheered me on and we have had a special kinship, bonding over crafts and knitting and sewing. She is the one who taught me to knit when I was a teenager. They raised two amazing sons and I like to think I was the daughter they never had. But recently, she is my #1 blog fan. She reads my blog and usually calls me once a month to discuss my projects and ooh and awe over everything. To say that I am humbled is an understatement.
Yesterday, my mom, sister and I made the 2.5 hour drive to visit with them and I did a little show and tell and a little sneaky gifting of quilts. It reminded me of my teenage years when I would put on fashion shows,for all my parents' friends, modeling all the clothes I has sewed. The video shows part of the surprise.
When I opened this quilt to show them, LaVonne shouted out the name, "Pink Lemonade", the name of this quilt. She really does read and remember every little fact from my blog.
Even though their health is declining, this couple remains strong and loyal to each other and ooze so much love and concern for one another. Their bodies might be failing but their minds are totally intact and it is so much fun to talk about our nearly 60 year friendship! They have been married 71 years!
Pat received the Mosaic Quilt which I blogged about here.
LaVonne received the China Teacups quilt.
My sister edited this photo and I think it is just such a gorgeous portrait of my second dad. Pat is just as dear and sweet as he appears in this photo. He has filled the dad role in my life for the last 14 years since my dad died in 2000.
My mom also had a great time reminiscing with her old friends.

china teacup quilt

China Teacup quilt
About This Quilt:
When I first became aware of the online quilting community and found out you could order fabric online, I joined the Fig Tree fabric club. This kit to make a table runner has been sitting in my fabric closet for 3 years. I was never going to make a table runner out of it so I decided it would make a perfect quilt for my friend, who collects tea cups. So many of the prints remind me of a fine china tea cup and the colors were perfect for LaVonne. I first made all the half-square triangles and then started playing with a layout. I knew I wanted it to be a lap sized quilt, so I had to get creative with borders and the fabric I had available. 
After piecing the quilt and basting it I knew I wanted to do a random loopy design and also to quilt in a few words. So I quilted "for my friend LaVonne" along with the loopy, random swirls.
Quilt Stats:
Name: China Teacups
Fabric used: charm pack of Butterscotch and Rose by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda, a random red and a creamy yellow Moda solid for the background fabric.
Backing and Binding: Sweetwater Paisley print
Thread: pieced with Aurifil 50 wt.
Batting: Warm and White
Quilted: Free Motion quilted by me with Perma Core 40 wt. thread
size: aproximately 60"x 60"


Leanne said...

What a wonderful story, and what lovely quilts for such important and special people. Thank you for sharing.

Debbie said...

ok, I'm all misty. What a sweet post, Di and what lovely gifts to your dear friends...

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Beautiful quilts and what a beautiful post. I'm so happy you shared this.

Geri said...

What a great day we had - it's so nice to have a twin sister

mascanlon said...

Looks like a wonderful day and there is something so special about dear ones who remember us when. And oh yes I did have a couch on the boy next store too!

Susan Snooks said...

What a very special post Di, that has brought tears to my eyes! I loved how Pat was so interested in how you put those pieces together and how long it took you! This video is priceless! And to think they have been married 71 years! What an achievement! Thank you for sharing this amazing story with us. I feel very privileged......

ipatchandquilt said...

Lovely lovely lovely post! Fabulous video!

Cindy said...

You have me tearing up at my desk at work. You make me miss home and my family. Thank you for bringing a bit of yours over here to me :)

Cindy said...

That video was priceless. Thanks for sharing with us Di and yes I needed tissue.

Tamie said...

What a special story. You are blessed to have such long time friends and they are blessed to have you too.

Canadian Abroad said...

You are lucky to have such wonderful people in your life. They are blessed to have you as their honorary daughter.

Catherine said...

What a lovely story and so glad they loved their quilts

Unknown said...

71 years! YEOWZA!! That's so amazing. I hope SP and I make it there :)

tusen said...

Di, thank you so much for sharing the story. You are so lucky to have such special people in your life and they are so lucky to have you. Lovely video, too, my eyes are wet now.

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Fabulous quilts and really heart warming story, Diane! Sometimes the fabrics just have to be patiently wait in our stash for the right time to come to be used. What great presents! You are all lucky people to have each other after all these years.