Some of my happiest memories from childhood are of times spent with my sisters doing ordinary things as well as celebrating holidays and special events. I fondly remember things like picking apples at our grandparents, making valentines, playing board games, and picnics on hot summer days.
A few years ago I decided to make one of my sisters a quilt depicting our happy hours together. I began searching for fabric that featured various items from these times: apples, zoo animals, fishing gear, jacks and balls, etc. The block pattern I chose is called “hourglass” which seemed fitting for the quilt theme. I used five different colors in the hourglass pieces, one to represent each family member (mom, dad, my two sisters and myself). Somewhere along the way I made a mistake with one of the blocks and sewed it opposite of what it should be, so that it wasn’t really an hourglass, but an hourglass on its side. Then it struck me that this was actually serendipitous. Although my sisters and I had many happy hours in the past, there will be more in the future . I duplicated this “mistake” in the other two sisters’ colors, and these three blocks became part of the ongoing story told in this quilt.
Later this spring my sisters and I will be taking our 4th annual sisters trip, a tradition we started after our mother died. We meet somewhere for a week and have time that is just for the three of us. We reminisce, explore new or well-loved places, and create new memories. Here’s to the happy hours yet to come!