It all started with Neno’s aprons. A couple of years ago Tess emailed me and asked if I would make a quilt from her grandmother’s (aka Neno) aprons. Tess spoke so lovingly of her Neno, I couldn’t refuse. I called it Neno’s Apron Quilt. Then Tess decided to drive from her home in Baltimore,with her family and pick up the quilt at the Adirondack Museum in upstate NY where I was doing a demonstration one Saturday. And that’s how Jon and I (Jon came with me) met Tess. I don’t know how long she stayed talking with us, but it seemed like hours. And I mean that in the best way. We just connected. Jon encouraged her to start a blog (he told her she had a lot of opinions and would be a great blogger). Soon we were getting to know and love Tess even more through her blog If You Don’t Mind Me Asking (Turns out Tess is a great writer).
So when Tess asked me to make a quilt from Neno’s Violet Table cloth for her sister Mary’s 50th Birthday, I was glad to do it. Yeah, it may have taken me a year to do it and Mary is almost 51, but that’s one of the great things about Tess (and Mary apparently), she trusts the creative process. So she was willing to wait. Now the quilt is all done except for me stitching the name on it and signing it. Happy Birthday Mary!