All of that to say, I began this quilt in an attempt to process some emotions and while it was being made, I thought solely of a dear friend and her family. When I began this quilt, I didn't know how it would end up or where it would live. Shortly after it began to grow though, I knew exactly who it belonged to. With any quilt I make, I wish that it ultimately brings warmth and comfort. I hope this one somehow does even more than that. It may just look like a blanket, but it is filled with much, much more than just fabric and stitches.
When I started this quilt, I began with a few small scraps in the middle. The blue and turquoise area was its origin and, to me, represents the great peace we all have within ourselves. From there grew a bird. As I work, I lay my growing quilt out on the floor. I stand in one spot and spend entirely too much time staring at it, trying to decide my next move. At one point while this quilt was on the floor, I walked to the other side of the room to do something and when I turned around, I saw another bird from the other direction. Both proud, regal, angelic birds. It was actually a moment that made me gasp.