Peggy and I have been friends for about 29 years now. We met when we were neighbors and our girls were very little so we would spend a lot of time together. We took up knitting and made some really cute sweaters for our kids. Then our family moved, I went to work full-time, she moved and went to work full-time but through the years we've been in close contact. (We still live in the same town...). Now we meet for happy hour instead of koffee klatches.
A few years into my quilting obsession, Peg asked me to make this quilt when she saw the pictures in Sharon Yenter's first book, In the Beginning. I agreed but convinced her to help. So off we went to purchase the fabric. I did the sewing, she did the pressing, and she helped sew the binding. The was a BIG quilt, I think my first really big quilt that I sent out for machine-quilting. It came out just like the picture and Peggy loves it.
Back, oh, about 20 years ago, there was a wonderful quilt shop about 30 minutes from my house. The shop hosted "mystery quilt night" every so often. We would begin sewing at 6pm and shut the shop about 2am. I was much younger and it was a lot of fun. Now if you asked me if I'd like to do a mystery quilt night I would ask if it had a nap break. This quilt is a result of one of those sessions.
I may have been thinking at the time that I just didn't want to spend the money to buy new fabric, or I just didn't want to use my good fabric on a mystery quilt (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_9Ray2AUQLXg/SQKizko0RiI/AAAAAAAAAKM/Pfj_-gm6SDg/s320/Jeannies+blue+and+yellow+1.jpg This is what results from actually using good fabric). So I chose mint green and pink as the main colors. Now, I have seen pink and green quilts and have never been moved by that color combination, so why NOW did I think this would work???? I had it quilted and put it aside, but when Peggy saw it she went all gooey with her ooooo's and aaahhhh's. Sheese! So I gave it to her for a Christmas present. I know she loves this quilt, but one day not too long ago I asked her where it was. She admitted that for some reason it was in a bin in the basement! IN THE BASEMENT!!! IN A BIN!!!
Peggy, it's autumn (almost). Time to dig out the quilt!!!
I still love you girl!