Finished Halloween Quilt #1. This was a design I had in my head for a while – and I love seeing it come to fruition -esp when it actually looks like you wanted it too. (I hate when I try some new design and it just does not work. So glad that wasn’t the case this time!)
I know you’re wondering how in the world I made two Halloween quilts this year. Totally abnormal for me, but my husband has been out of town for most of the past two weeks (yeah, not something I like to broadcast while he’s not here) so after the kids were in bed every night me and my sewing machine would go to town while I stayed up too late watching The Scarlett Pimpernel on DVD from the library. That coupled with the fact that I just fed my kids scrambled eggs or Little Ceaser’s pizza at the kitchen counter every night while I left my
mess creative endeavorers on the table for most of the time, meant I got a lot done.
To my credit, I shared the table with the kids’ creative endeavors as well and we got a lot of great Halloween decorations completed while we were waiting for Dad to get back. Because as fun as it all was to live our temporary bohemian lifestyle, we really like having Dad around. My hat goes off to every single mother on the planet. You are rock stars and completely heroic in my book.
Single moms have been weighing heavy on my mind (and heart) and were the whole impetus behind this very quilt. One of my oldest friends – we’ve know each other since grade school – lost her husband to cancer last week. Talk about courage and grace. (If you want to be truly inspired, read her husband Ben’s final thoughts on his blog chronicling his battle with cancer.)
While feeling utterly helpless in Ben and Allison’s current situation I’ve been thinking a lot about another friend who lost her husband a year and a half ago – also at age 36. Her husband Chris, was another old and special friend of mine – and a total character. He was also obsessed with Halloween – he loved going all out for it. I kicked myself after Halloween last year for not thinking of it in time to make them a Halloween quilt in honor of their Dad. Watching Allison’s situation this year, it was not hard to remember.
And forgive me if I get a little bit deep – it’s been kind of a deep week around here – but I’m grateful to know that there is a “Father to the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5.) I know that He gives comfort and guidance when it is needed. I also know that those cases where fathers are no longer on this earth, they are close to their families and that their separation is only a temporary one.
So this quilt is for Chris’s wife and three young kids. I don’t know exactly what they’ll do with it, but I hope they keep it around all year to think of their dad and know that it came from someone else who thinks their dad is awesome too.