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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Sadly Gifting My Could You Live Here? Quilt

Yesterday I enjoyed goodbye drinks with my first and best friend since I moved to live in the States five years ago.

Wendy and I met when we were both in the Introduction to Patchwork by Machine class at The City Quilter in Manhattan.  I was a new arrival to the States and Wendy had been here a couple of years, originating from Australia.  We immediately became the best of friends and our families have been through many ups and downs together over the five years: green card applications; new jobs; house sales; apartment moves; puppy dog arrivals; big birthdays; health issues; Hurricane Irene; Superstorm Sandy; an earthquake; Flicky's graduation and leaving for college; loss of three parents; Wendy and Kim's wedding; and the birth of my grandson.  During this time Stateside, we have become family to each other.

Next week Wendy and Kim are moving back to Australia and I will miss them very much.  Simon, Flicky and I wish only wonderful things for their new future in their old homeland.

As a goodbye present, it felt very fitting to gift them one of my quilts - I knew just which one too - my Could You Live Here? Quilt.  
I guess for them the answer is finally "no".  

More quilt pics and details are here in my previous post from 2014 but today I added this label and passed it over to Wendy.

I want to take the opportunity to share a few photo memories of some of the times we've spent together to create an online history for the quilt that's greater than the label itself.

Getting up close with Columbus - Columbus Circle, October 2012

Checking the time for Santa - Dino & Harry's, Hoboken, Christmas Eve 2012

Flicky's graduation - The Met, NYC, May 2013

Witnessing Kim and Wendy's wedding - New York City Hall, July 2013

my 50th birthday - The Plaza, Manhattan, October 2013

 As you know Simon and I travel a lot for his work and we already know that we'll be at a conference in Sydney, Australia in November 2017 so we'll be extending our stay and travelling up the Gold Coast to catch up with our Aussie 'family' then.  

I can't begin to tell you how I'm counting the days already only 503 to go!!! :D

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  1. OMG!! If you're coming to the Gold Coast in 2017, then you should have a proper quilting catch up!! I will happily drive down to see you :-)
    E xx

  2. A lovely gift and good to know that you will soon see your friends again. xx

  3. Enjoyed today's story - what wonderful memories you have made over the past 5 years :)

  4. Sweet story, and so good to know you'll see them again soon! And thanks for showing the backing fabric - I had forgotten about that one, but I want to get some of it to pair with the NYC fabric I picked up the last time I was there! See you soon!

  5. What a lovely story Chris, and another amazing quilt. Glad to hear you're coming over to Australia too!!! :) :)

  6. Oh wow - what a story and what a perfect departure gift for your friend. Ended up in a new place together can form the strongest lasting relationships - enjoy planning your trip to Oz!

  7. What a lovely treasure to represent your friendship. Quilts are so perfect for those times aren't they? They bring comfort and happiness all around.

  8. Thankfully you have a visit planned! With modern technology...there are so many ways to stay connected with friends...not the same as in person, but at least you don't have to write letters! I've always loved this quilt!!

  9. What a beautiful quilt and a wonderful gift!

  10. What a lovely gift and it was really special you shared the photos. We're all smiling and thinking how much fun it looks like you had... The miles may separate you but the friendship can't be parted!

  11. A beautiful gift and so great to have a special friend to give it too.

  12. A wonderful friendship is so special as is the quilt a keepsake of your time together

  13. Such a lovely departure gift. The time, effort and fondness is so special. The quilt is gorgeous. I admire your skills. My mom has done a few quilts years ago. I would love if you shared this very special quilt at our link party live now, Dishing & Digging It. Have a great week.

  14. What a wonderful story to go with your wonderful quilt. I'd like to know more about your label, as I'm just starting to label my quilts.
    Thanks for sharing to TGIFF

  15. Lovely story, lovely quilt and lovely fabric! Thank you so much for sharing this at The Really Crafty Link Party this week! Pinned!


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