Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Short Story – Part One

There are moments in life that you remember with clarity. I think it is because they have such an impact on us. One such moment happened to me ages ago when I was both a quilter and a bear maker. I was in a quilt shop when another quilter came in and presented a project she was working on to the owners. She seemed like a fascinating person, but I wasn’t one to walk up to a complete stranger and introduce myself.

Sometime later, I was an exhibitor at an outdoor show with my quilts and bears when she walked up. Apparently, she had seen someone with one of my bears and they sent her my way. She was a bear collector as well as a quilter. It was the beginning of our friendship which has endured – oh – you know, life. We don’t see each other as much as we’d like but she still has my unreserved admiration.

She was in town unexpectedly over the weekend so we made plans to have dinner. We had not seen each other in years, but time has not diminished our friendship, the things we have in common or her creative style.




A few years ago, she made this crazy quilted scissors pocket necklace and gave it to me.  It hangs in my studio where I can see it every day.


Check out all the detail -


When Sebastian realized it was just his size, he thought it would make a good place to hang out.


Oh dear Sebastian.  That’s not really for you.


One of my favorite quotes sums up our visit.

Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


  1. Friends are so precious. Time always needs to be set aside for them. Sebastian looks just right in the scissor holder.

  2. What a wonderful quote.

    Oh Sebastian, I do think that little scissor holder is just perfect for you. And it's blue - perfect for a little boy!

    If Prudence was here she would say: "Sebastian, you see it, you want it, you take it". I agree, go for it. (o:

    Hugs, little bear, BIG HUGS.

  3. Awww...he does fit so perfectly inside of it though! Sebastian knows a good thing when he sees it!
    I've met some of my best friends through the world of craft and I wouldn't trade them in for anything!
    Beautiful post!

  4. What a lovely, lovely post. So warm and comfy.

  5. Don't you just love how with a long time friend that you get together and just pick up where you left off no matter how long its been...
    Mama Bear

    Sebastian, I'd hang out in the pocket more often if I were you....she'll forget you're there and you'll be in on all sorts of secret 'stuff'....Wil

  6. Really nice story! You and your friend are both so creative!

  7. Hmm, I have a whole clan of bears here think that scissors case looks suspiciously like a little bear straight jacket. Sebastian, you get out of there right now, really, you'll regret it if you don't!

    We love the gifts from your friend though, how fab that you could meet up :o)

  8. @ Kays Kids - I agree completely!

    @ The Bears Blog - Hm-m-m. Prudence giving Sebastian advice. Well, he thinks it's good advice!

    @ Michelle - Isn't it the truth! And Sebastian thanks you for the compliment to his good judgement.

    @ Cheryl - So sweet!

    @ Love Bears All Things - And it's the best feeling too! Sebastian says he likes the way you think!

    @ Plushpussycat - I think I can speak for both of us when I say Thank you!!!

    @ Katy - Well now. There's a thought if Sebastian gets into a bit of trouble. I know you know about friends Katy. You seem to have quite a few!

  9. What a sweet post! It's great to see old friends!! I love your blog, your header is just too adorable!!


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