Stashpoppa and I are getting ready for an adventure in Brazil so there is a long list of to-do items before the adventure can begin. One of those items was to attend a wedding shower for a friend’s daughter. During our conversation my friend mentioned that she still had her daughter’s wedding quilt to quilt and with the wedding just one week away, she knew she was running out of time. I weighed in my head all the things this dear friend still needed to do, in addition to her daily employment, and all the things I still needed to do and I decided that helping my friend was the most important thing I should do. So I offered to quilt the wedding quilt for her. Knowing that this friend also quilts I wasn’t too sure that my offer would be accepted. But I had offered!
Three days later there was a knock on my front door. The bride stood there with her quilt and asked if my offer still stood. Of course I said yes. She thanked me profusely and said that her mother would be so relieved if I would do this for them. That evening was spent putting the quilt on my rails and the next day was dedicated to quilting the wedding quilt. I had my fingers crossed all day that my machine would cooperate fully, especially that the thread and tension would get along nicely so that the stitching would be perfect.
After a long day at the rails, having had to unpick only one small section, the quilt was finished. As I removed it from the rails I marveled that the stitching was almost perfect. Almost always when I quilt I have to unpick at least one or two rows because of tension issues. For whatever reason, this day my machine, the threads, and tension, were all in agreement and the finished product was indeed a beauty.
The colors of the quilt are so vibrant and fresh yet timeless that it is one of my favorite quilts. Also,the bride and both her parents were so pleased with the results that it was very rewarding to know that I had been able to help. But isn’t that what service to others is all about?