Several of us have been discussing fabric choices in one of the many quilting forums that I belong to. One asked if we buy a piece of fabric that we love without a specific plan for it.
I do, because I know that eventually I will have a need for it. When I bought the rose fabric in the quilt below, I just knew I loved it and “needed” some. I had no specific plan for it.
Then my brother died. And I had to do a quilt in his memory. That rose fabric was the ONLY fabric that would do for me. Not only was it the right color and scale, it also had significance. You see, when he lived with Mom and we both took care of her for several months, he would go out in her yard and pick 2 red roses. One for the “World’s Greatest Mom”, and one for his “World’s Greatest Little Sister”. See? It was the only appropriate choice.
Here is my sweet brother that I miss so much.
Irv was a teacher. He taught High School English for many years, and later College English. Here is one of my favorite letters from one of his former students. His teaching style was much like my Mom’s.
“Subject: Mr. Irv
I had Irv for classes in 84 and 85. He was the most incredile teacher ever!!! I just learned of his passing, and send my prayers to the family. I have a story to share that won’t mean much to others, but it did to me. it changed me.
My sr. year, my family was going to leave early for vacation for an early grad. gift. I had to take my final a day early, so Irv put me out in the hall with all of my stuff. (class folder
included.) I did it, I cheated, I looked up an answer. I got 100% on the final. I had to tell him!!!! “Mr.Lester, I cheated!” his response was “of course you did! But have you learned something?” He gave the A anyway! And I never cheated again!!!Thank you, Irv.”
He was really special….. and that fabric that I bought was perfect.