I typically end the week with a Friday Reflection post and in a sense this is partly a reflection. For my High School graduation I was given a quilt. It was made just for me by a family friend who sadly passed away not so long ago. At first I wasn’t quiet sure what I would do with it, but I was touched she would go to the trouble to make this for me. So it came with me to college and immediately became my favorite thing to curl up under.
This quilt has graced every couch, in every apartment I have ever lived in since I was 18. Today it is still the blanket on my couch that my husband and I cuddle up under almost every night. For nearly half of my life and ALL of my adult life (outside my parent’s home) this quilt has been with me. It holds memories of late night gab sessions with roommates, days of being sick as a dog, days of being sad or happy, but mostly it has taken the chill out of any room and kept me and those I love warm.
So it was a great honor when Mr. Pea’s family friends, Denise Konicek & her husband Richard, wanted to make us a quilt for our wedding. Knowing how significant the gift of a quilt is, I was deeply touched. Denise brought preliminary sketches and fabric to the rehearsal dinner. She emailed us for personal preferences here and there on some of the design details throughout the year. In honor of our first anniversary (and their thirtieth) she had us all over for a lavish brunch and unveiled the quilt. We were floored to say the least at how beautiful, how detailed this quilt is!
The quilt incorporates several traditional tiles including, true lover’s knot, steps to the altar, wedding rings, and finally their wish to us, peace & plenty. These tiles all wrap around our intertwined initials. How incredible is this quilt?! To top it off each square has its own unique stitching pattern.
This quilt is an instant family heirloom! It graces our bed and keeps us warm while being light and cozy. It changed what was once just a bed into our marriage bed.
Thank you Theodore for the beautiful quilt that holds so many memories for me, and thank you Denise for this treasured family heirloom! I know this quilt will hold generations of memories for our family to come.
Theodora & my mother created several children’s books together before Theo’s passing, you can find them at www.barnesandnoble.com/c/theodora-choffel