Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wedding Quilt for Denise and Kenneth

Kenneth is manager of Bright Farms. He has worked on the farm for about 25 years, starting part time while still in high school. As Bob, Steve's father, began to get sicker and less able to work, Kenneth took over more and more of the work and eventually became the farm manager. He is a wonderful, warm and giving person - who can do EVERYTHING. In addition to running the farm, he does minor and major repair work for everybody on the farm and many others as well.

Denise has been doing domestic work for Steve's parents and his sisters for many years. When Steve's father was sick, she was at their house almost every day helping out with general cleaning and cooking and taking care of him. She was one of the few people Muti trusted to take care of Bob and with whom he felt totally comfortable. She too is a very generous and caring person without whom Muti would've had a hard time making it through those last difficult years.

Denise and Kenneth were both divorced when they started becoming friends as they saw and interacted with each other on the farm and eventually they fell in love. They were like teenagers, very much in love, happy, and excited. It felt like such a right and happy thing when they got married in October, 2008. I gave them this quilt for a wedding present.

I don't feel totally comfortable saying that I made this quilt, because so much of the work put into it was done by others. The individual butterfly blocks were given to me by Hilary Ford. She doesn't know who made them and does not remember where she got them. Each one is hand appliqued. All I did was pick the sashing and border fabrics, put the blocks together and put on the binding after it was quilted beautifully by Regina Carter.

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