One of the hardest things about leading the Quilt Group, is knowing I may have to say good-bye to some of my friends. We had to say good-bye to Pat this week. She was more than a member of the Quilt Group, she was my mother's roommate for over three years. Both were independent, strong personalities...raised as only children. But they became like sisters, bickering a tiny bit in the beginning and holding hands more towards the end. Alzheimer's eventually took away Pat's abiltiy to walk and converse, but it never took away her ability to smile and laugh. Her humor was with her right up to the end.
It's been a little while since Pat has been able to join the Quilt Group. Our 1 pm time slot didn't work very well as she began to need more rest after lunch. But the thing I remember about Pat when she did join us, was how she loved the books! Out of all the things I would throw out on the table to invite discussion... or remembering, Pat would reach for a book!
In memory of Pat I have ordered a beautiful book called Stichin' and Pullin' a Gee's Bend Quilt, to be shared with all the Quilt Group folks. There is a quote in the book, "Cloth has memory." This quilt remembers Pat!
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.