This is one of my strangest quilt stories..... and a cautionary tale. When the universe tells you to do something... do it!
I have one sister.. and we have been estranged for many years. The reasons are irrelevant now... but there was no sharing
for a very long time.
And early that summer, I felt led to make a quilt for my sister. And I found a block, Sister's Choice. I decided this was MY choice. For my sister.
And her favorite color - from my memory - was orange. I chose the bright zinnia print from my stash.. and bought 2 shades of orange and a yellow to coordinate.
And I did the math to UPsize the blocks.... 4 blocks made a generous lap quilt to cover her knees.
My plan was to make it and give it to her on her December birthday.
I had it together and ready for quilting by early November.... and found out, by accident, that she had lost consciousness and was in a hospital several states away. Her daughter was with her and had been for a week already.
I quickly finished that quilt doing the final handwork in the car as my husband drove me there.
My sister died just before Thanksgiving - having never regained consciousness. I can't really express how I feel about all this - but I will be glad forever that I followed that little spark that told me to make her a quilt.
I don't have a final photo... I sent it home with my niece. My hope is that the quilt is a symbol of love across a divide... somehow.