My best friend has been that for almost 30 years now; most of my adult life. We have worked together, shared flats, travelled to all sorts of wonderful places together, played killer cribbage tournaments, laughed loads, and read a million and one books together.
I was away a lot, working and travelling, but the friendship was always there. Then I got married and had babies and moved them to a different continent than her. This was not what we planned! She is their auntie. Seriously, how can we live so far apart?! But never has the friendship faltered. Yeah, I know, you have a best friend just like that too. I think every last one of us should all have a friend like this.
Anyway, last year, before that big '0' birthday of mine, we were chatting on the phone and she asked me what I wanted for said birthday. I laughed and joked, and replied, 'A quilt.' I was just being silly and she knew it. Because I am the quilter and she is the baker. Seriously, she makes stuff like this -
|All photos shamelessly stolen from her IG account.
Then, in the post yesterday, arrived our Christmas parcel. (Thank you, Parcelforce for keeping it on your shelves for three weeks because we know you had it due to parcel tracking.) In the Christmas parcel was my birthday present too.
She sent me a quilt. I couldn't believe it. But it is better than that. She didn't just have a quilt made for me. No, no, no - she went out and took quilting lessons. Made a quilt for herself to learn on. Then made this for me. This is only the second quilt she has ever made, and she learned to do it just for me.
See, I told you I have the best bestest friend ever!
She used a jelly roll, and yardage of that nice soft dotty blue. I love the colours. They make it look like a quilt that has already been loved for years. Which it will be eventually.
She pieced the back, and did straight line quilting. Only after she took an fmq class though, and tried that but decided against it. Seriously?! It took me years to learn this stuff. She did it on a sewing machine she bought second hand about ten years ago.
She did all this just for me. Now you know one of the reasons I love her so much. She's my best friend and always will be.
PS: She has started another quilt and her partner gave her fabric vouchers for Christmas. She has officially crossed over to the other side. Bwahahaha!