Quilting Fun for Friends
by Patricia Guiff
(Fort Wayne, IN 46825)
I have been quilting for approximately 10 years. I am self-taught, though I have taken some free classes at a local fabric store.
I make what I call "Friend-ly Nap Quilts".
The one in the photo was made for a young friend from my church. He is a musician, rides a bicycle and finds strength and happiness through his faith. His quilt was made with bright colors as he has a certain brightness about him. His smile tends to brighten the room.
I was able to find fabric that had bicycles, guitars and 'crosses'. A simple arrangement was chosen so the fabrics themselves stood out and made a story of their own.
I invited some friends over for a cook-out and then presented my friend with his quilt. He was quite overcome with emotion.
When I related to him how to care for the quilt and that it could just be thrown into the washer and dryer, he was shocked. He said he would be afraid to use it as he might do something to it. I then explained that the quilts I make for friends are meant to be used, touched, felt, and enjoyed.
I had also made a matching pillow slip for a travel-sized pillow and included a book. I call the entire package, a "Nap-Sack".
In summing up my story, the act of giving these "nap-sack" quilts has grown tremendously. The person(s) receiving the quilt ask if they can order one (or some) for others. My "Nap-Sack" and pillow have been given to all ages, all sexes, all nationalities, and all faiths.
I am proud and pleased to be able to share what small amount of talent I have, with others. I am blessed with many friends and a wonderful family.
I am truly blessed.