and I was mesmerized by the sheer joy and laughter it brought about in me. I shared the photos with my daughter, telling her that I just had to make one like it someday. How could you not be happy with such a quilt within your view?
Well, my friend, JodieAnn, started sending boxes of fabrics to me that she was clearing out of her sewing room, and, then, as many of you know, my husband passed away from his Mantle Cell Lymphoma. In the following hard days after his passing, the pretty fabrics reminded me to revisit the idea of a quilt to make me smile, or even, heaven help me, laugh again, somehow.
So, bits at a time, I started free--piecing this little quilt. Over the last month and a half, I have gotten it pieced, and yesterday I got a chance to machine-quilt it. I used my walking foot to outline the lettering, and then did a medium-sized meandering all over the rest of the little quilt I haven't yet bound the edges. It only measures around 28 x 32 inches, and will be a good size to hang from the quilt rack that is on my living room wall.
It's not quite as joyous as the all over 'HAHAHAHAHAHA', but, then again, neither am I. But there is hope. Just as I hope there are many more quilts in my future, I believe that, someday again, there will be much more laughter.
"NOW THANKS BE UNTO GOD, WHICH ALWAYS CAUSETH US TO TRIUMPH IN CHRIST......." II Corinthians 2:14