The Quilt's Home
St. Louis is pretty much home, since I moved there when I was 18. St. Louis is home to the Quilt Idea, too. While living in St. Louis In the 1980's, I started teaching "Magic Quilt" classes for kids. When my husband and I decided to make St. Louis one of our fall road trip stops, I was eager to take the Quilt back home!
My Old College Buddy!
Karen's energy and confidence masked the fact that she was still somewhat new to her job. She didn't act like someone who was still learning names and routines. She certainly was beyond "winging it", but was nice to team up once again and "improvise" with Karen. Improvising was something Karen and I did a lot of, years ago!
This and That
Karen and I found a cozy spot and settled in with a small group. Suddenly I was enjoying this relaxed, informal gathering. I shared a little about quilts... some stories, some props. But it was different than past groups, where I've "presented" a program, or felt like a teacher. It just felt like a group of women gathering around a quilt years ago.
Working with Hands
Then I told them about how I first heard Karen's voice nearly 40 years ago. "We were in Theatre Conservatory together!" I even laughed and told them about some of our crazy performances!
Around Another Quilt
The two returned and spread out the other quilt to share. After we admired the new quilt, the focus changed! Suddenly everyone wanted to know about Karen's work with the Bob Kuban Band. They wanted to know when she would be performing for them! And then they were back to more questions about her time with the band. Look what I started! But it was fun having these women, sharing in this fun reunion between 2 old college friends.
For the New Quilt
Before ending, we brainstormed some words that came to mind when we thought about quilts. Comfort, memories, sleep and dreams... Karen and I jotted their words onto fabric squares that will be added to the quilt I'm building from connecting with friends in new places. One of the women suggested we call our new group, "Gathering of the Eagles". I liked the bold title. I'll always think of these women when I look at the patches on the quilt!
What Did I Learn?
For 20+ years children have called it the Magic Quilt. They've danced and pretended all over these colorful squares. I've dragged it to schools, shelters and studios where children have climbed on top to hear Magic Quilt Stories and to act them out.