I dithered a long time on the little geese down the side. I quilted the middle bits, the phoenixes, the poem, but I just baulked on the little geese. I didn't want to do smaller phoenix units - it seemed wrong and just unnecessarily "busy" in terms of design. I put it aside, and worked on other things.
Finally one day I pulled it out some weeks later, sat down, and improvised a flame motif. Like the phoenix motif, I ran it single line from the top triangle right down to the bottom. It was simple and elegant, and complimented the design. A slimline binding in orange, and voila. Done.
This was a really special gift for a really special friend. Long story short, "Friday's Child" and I have been online friends for a long time. I started blogging in 2003, and shortly after that became an active member of the blogdrive community along with quite a few others including Friday.
We blogged side by side and chatted regularly online. We lost touch. I stopped blogging. We found each other again on facebook, and started chatting again. I found out her real name. She found out mine (gosh! LOL)
Without going into detail about someone else's life, my friend has had some tough times recently. Really tough. She's always been an inspiration for me, not in the "up there" type of inspiration, but the "walking with you"type. So I made this for her. The timing of handing over the gift was either perfect or awful - I haven't really worked out which - but the whole not-blogging-the-process was because I'd wanted it to be a surprise for her. Not to mention if it had turned out shite, well, we'd get rid of it quietly and never speak of it again. ;)
My only regret is that I couldn't give this to her in person. Luckily for me, wrapping yourself in a quilt is a lot like wrapping yourself in a hug. Friday I hope you feel hugged every time you're wrapped in the quilt, or snuggled under it. Love love! :)