So, as you might already know... I did it!! I managed to finish Love Upon a Star and doll it up to be gifted! It was hands down, one of my most emotional quilts ever (the Mister would agree).
And honestly nothing could have prepared me for what came next. You see, this quilt was made to go live with my Mom (in love) who is recovering from a surgery, hence the healing intentions. I hand her the folded bundle all nervous and worried that it won't measure up to how incredible she is, but you know... she simply bursts with joy. She kisses and embraces me. She may have even been holding tears back. I know I was.
It felt great.
The Mister was right. It wasn't about perfect quilting. It was about caring, connecting, and emotion through stitches.
It was about a warm quilt that would stand in for us and give her constant hugs and warmth when we can't be there. It's about reminding her that she is our rock and how very much we love her.
And that's where the name came from. Love Upon a Star... and if you love upon all the stars... well, that's a lot of love, isn't it?
This quilt has been an emotional journey. But now that I am on the other side... I am so glad I stuck with it.
I know it will be treasured.
And I know I found a way to say I love you more than I ever could through words, and I believe even more now in the power of quilting and seriously how therapeutic it can be for the maker and the receiver.
p.s. I will be sharing this with some of the linky parties on my side bar and especially at Fabric Tuesday with Quilt Story. I hope my story urges someone else to share love through stitches too -- it's rewarding beyond the ends of the universe and back!