Thursday, February 02, 2006

Once Upon a Time....

Once Upon a Time, Long, Long Ago..... there was a mom who had 4 young children, worked full time and did not get much sleep. This mom took a vacation one spring to visit her mother and sister in that strange land called Delaware. While on vacation with her 4 children (yeah right - vacation?) she took some time to go to the area quilt store. While there she saw a really fun row by row quilt hanging in the shop. It turned out this quilt was a Row of the Month club (remember this was a long time ago - like maybe 5 or 6 years ago) and her mother decided to treat her with this membership! So every month the store was kind enough to mail her that months row. Within a year this tired mom had a quilt top!

And then it sat. And sat. And sat some more. As the young children grew up into raging hormonal teenagers the mom was more and more stummped how to quilt this quilt. Something fancy didn't fit. But something plain was too boring. And of course it was special because her mother bought it for her to cheer her up. So what to do!

Then - an amazing thing happened! The fairy godmother of quilting came along! She had bought an amazing new tool for her machine! She played with it, and played some more! She shared her secret success with it on her blog site for all to see! And one day it hit the poor mother - thats it! Thats what the quilt top needs! "I must send it to fairy godmother Bonnie right away!"

So the mother made arrangements with the wonderful magical fairy Bonnie and sent the top on its way. Before long she got an email. The top was done! And it looked perfect! The design was just what the quilt needed! There was dancing and celebration in the mother's house (ok only the mother was dancing and celebrating - but hey, you got to get your kicks where you can)!
And what perfect timing. This poor mother has been run ragged the last week. New software upgrades on their system at work; which made her go into work at strange times like 4am to shut down systems and load new databases. And of course those caused problems which would then make her work long into the night. Sleep was not mentioned - but much thought of. Quilting ceased (OH NO!) and children's basketball games and NHS inductions were rushed to between work! She was so busy she couldn't even post or read quilt blogs! (The Horror!)

But the waiting for the beloved quilt kept her going. And finally, a small window of time opened up for her to share her story and some pictures of the quilt that fairy godmother Bonnie sent her to keep her spirits up. As we speak the quilt is winging its way to the gray busy land of IL! Soon there will time and sleep and comfy quilts again in the mothers house! Peace will return and life will resume as normal. She will live happily ever after!



THANKS FAIRY GODMOTHER BONNIE!

16 comments from wonderful readers:

Nancy said...

LOL!!! Beautiful quilt and delightful story to go with it.

kathie said...

LOVE this story!!!!!
and I just love the quilting and boy am I happy to hear their is a new fairy godmother to quilt fans on my quilts too.....my machine quilter is moving to Brussels...now let me finish a quilt to send to her :)

Tracey said...

I wondered where you were at, missy! :oP LOVE the quilt...and ya picked yourself a pretty good fairy godmother to take care of it too! :o) Bonnie did a fabulous job!

Alena said...

I love your quilt, I saw it for the first time on the Bonnie's website among the customers quilts and now I could find out the story behind... Lovely. Take care.

Nines said...

Love the quilt, Dawn! Wasn't that the sweetest thing for your mom to do for you? And you did a great job! As well as Bonnie- she only does great jobs, though, huh? The fans look wonderful- perfect for your special quilt! Hoping you're getting some rest!

Laura said...

Dawn, too cute of a story? And the quiltis the best! Aren't you lucky having a fairy godmother!

Happy Valley Quilter said...

I just love a happy ending!!!

Now your lovely quilt will be finished and you'll be able to enjoy it and the memories that it holds. See...dreams really do come true!

Sandra said...

I LOVE fairy tales and this was a classic! Great quilt, great quilting, great story. Thanks :-)

Finn said...

everything is just beautiful..the quilt, the story and the quilting. It looks awesome, bet you can't wait to get it bound and on your bed!! What size is it??

Carolyn said...

What a delightful story...and my heart gave an extra thump when I saw that quilt...it's gorgeous! The fans were perfect! I really need to get this template!

Joanne said...

It's wonderful, Dawn. And fun story! The quilt looks vaguely familiar -- do you remember whose pattern it was?

Bonnie said...

*ROFLOL!* Bippity Boppity Boo! How funnnnnyyyyyy!! I am just dying here laughing Dawn, too funny. I swear, if I don't get through the ring daily, I feel out of sorts and really left out and dang right cranky..*giggle*

I've been cramming on customer quilts, and trying to get stuff done so I can leave for this retreat tomorrow, and I just had enough and had to make a ring run...this just tickled me to no end! THANKS!!

Bonnie

Mary said...

Looks great and the quilting is perfect for it.

Tonya R said...

Glad you had some bright sunniness to make you smile. Working at 4am? Blah!!! Quilt looks great and glad to hear your work life (taking you away from us - booo!) will be calming down.

Darcie said...

...and they both lived happily ever after!!!

I raise my cup to you and Bonnie both, Dawn. Your quilt is gorgeous. Your Mom is going to be thrilled for you, too.

And the quilting is to die for. That Bonnie is going to have me investing in those BF thingies yet!!!

And what a great story!!! Sorry about the hectic workplace though. Have a great weekend!!!

TGIF!!!

Holly said...

How funny! I love the quilt - you and Bonnie did a great job.