This lady, who goes to my church, approached me to accompany her on visits to the widows of our church, seeing as how I had become widowed myself and might understand their feelings and concerns.
Once I quit working at Walmart, I had free time to join her, and it has been a wonderful blessing to us both, and hopefully to our sisters in Christ.
When she discovered my love of quilting, she mentioned, enthusiatically, that she would love to learn to quilt. I've heard this from many people, but in discussing it, I could tell that she meant NOW, not just 'someday'. So I agreed to teach her.
Well, fast forwarding to this summer, and her approaching a finish on her first quilt, we had been talking about her entering it in the local county fair. She was very much interested in that, and had lots of family support urging her to do so.
Monday, August 12th came, and we dropped off our quilts....mine got entered into a machine-quilted category, and hers in a 'first quilt' category. Well, on Thursday, they let us in to view the judging results without having to pay a 'Fair' admission charge. Imagine our surprise when we walked into the exhibit room and both had ribbons on them !
Darleene's first quilt won her a second-place ribbon, and you can just
SEE the joy on her face ! I was equally proud of and for my 'student' and new friend.
She rejoiced with me, too, as we saw that I had gained a first-place ribbon, and the overall "Best in Show" ribbon over the category of all of the Home Economics class.
I love the tradition of county fair exhibits, and so hope that people will continue to support them and participate.
But in the meantime, I now have a new quilting buddy !