Sunday, March 19, 2006

My Friend


I haven't made any new progress on the stars. John came home for the weekend, time flew out the winder and nothing more got accomplished.

I've lived here for nearly 15 years, the longest John and I have lived anywhere. We've been nomads making home where the Navy sent us until he retired. In all the years I've had one other close friend. If I moved away tomorrow, came back ten years later, we'd pick up like it was yesterday. Friends like this don't happen very often. She's an only child; I'm the sister she never had. We live across the road from each other. Over coffee we share the good times and the bad times. Her parents have adopted me.

A couple years ago she expressed a desire to learn to sew. I wasn't very encouraging. I thought she would loose interest, but we made a list, picked simple projects, shopped my stash for fabric and were off and running. It wasn't quilting but it was a start. Simple one piece fabric placemats, lines drawn, placemats were born. She took to the sewing machine like a duck to water. She's patient where I am not. Ripping out her mistakes is part of learning, she picks away with a smile on her face and when I make a mistake she picks mine out too. If a technique is to difficult for her, I help her out and we never tell. It's our secret. Come Christmas time, rag quilts and pillowcases, a step towards quilting. Next was getting over her fear of cutting off her fingers with the serger. Another demon conquered and pillowcases flew left and right. Today a new project for her mom's birthday. She doesn't have and would like some spring placemats....a new lesson, log cabins. A quilter is being born, slowly but surely.

Tomorrow will be a fun day taking my mom to her quilting group, having our hair twigged, lunch out and shopping for fabric. I can't think of a better way to spend the day. Happiness is having a friend like Rexene.

7 comments:

Bonnie said...

A friend who un-sews your mistakes, is a friend for life!~

Bonnie

The Calico Cat said...

& to think I thought you were goignt o chat about you friendly cat... - it is a good friend who will un sew for you!

Holly said...

Ahhh, good friends like that are hard to find.

cher said...

a wonderful friend indeed and it seems you are the same for her-being taught to quilt is pretty special!

Joanne said...

I wanna come up and play with your friend, too! Actually, you could teach us both to quilt and serge!

Nines said...

Friends like that are what makes life grand! Did you find your ring? I lost one very similar to the one you described and it still bothers me. I hope it turns up soon. Get those grandkids to search for you- and pay 'em a dollar when they find it! Good luck!

martha in ny said...

When I lost a necklace that my husband had bought me I found it in the washing machine. I had put it in a pocket and forgotten to take it out. Did you check the laundry and your pockets?