This quilt was a labor of love from start to finish. I initially started this quilt as a pattern tester for Julie but it was also the first quilt top I made after our move to Maui. I had signed on to test the pattern before I had really processed that I would be moving 6000 miles away from my family and friends; I think part of me signed on because I knew it would be a commitment I would see through and it would be something to keep me busy. But once I finished the top, it went into the closet not to be seen again for a long time.
Some of you may remember the tough time I had last summer and some of you even spoke with me personally about your own personal moves and the difficulties that go with it when you're adjusting to new surroundings, new cultures, etc. etc. I wasn't in the right frame of mind to finish this, but the colors channeled the sun and water for me.
The reason my boyfriend and I were able to pick up and live this adventure is because initially of an opportunity presented to us by my dad.
Steve and I decided that as we start to close our year on Maui and decide what we want to do next (whether it be move back to NJ, stay in Maui for longer, etc. etc) we wanted to make sure my dad knew just how much we appreciated the "once in a lifetime" opportunity he presented us with. He trusted us individually and as a couple to not only survive and thrive in this situation. Whatever comes next, we're never forget the love and support we received from him on this adventure...
So, we sent some Maui sun and sea to him to wrap in aloha during the cold winter they're experiencing on the east coast. Whatever happens after this year, he will have this blanket and whenever he wraps himself up in it, he will know how much Steve and I love him and appreciate him for everything he does.
After all, isnt that what quilts are for?