Yesterday I delivered this quilt to a friend of mine. It's a purple Dresden Plate that was pieced, appliqued and partially quilted by Joyce.
I've never met Joyce, she is my friend's mother in law and she passed away last spring.
I know that she was an artist and a quilter. Her husband found this quilt partially finished and wanted someone to finish it. So my friend called me and that's how I came to work on Joyce's quilt. I've spent the last few weeks finishing the hand quilting and adding the binding.
No one in the family knew when Joyce started it or how long she worked on it. They're not sure why she chose purple and so those things will never be known. There isn't a lot of complicated quilting so I continued Joyce's design of simple edge stitching in the borders. It's not a perfect quilt, but then, do any of us make perfect quilts?? In the end, what we want is a finished quilt that someone will love and enjoy.
So Joyce's quilt is done and I hope her husband will use it and enjoy it.
I feel honored and humbled that the family trusted me to finish this. While I was quilting, I had time to think about whether someone I don't know will one day finish one of my quilts (or maybe more than one). I'm so glad this quilt is no longer in a bag in the closet.
May we all keep stitching as long as we have days.