Movin’ On Down the Road

Earlier this week I relinquished my temporary custody of Lee Fowler’s Pickle Dish quilt. It was the last quilt Lee made, finished just a couple of weeks before she died in 2013, and I was one of 25 friends who helped her make it. I wrote about it here. At the memorial service, Lee’s husband Rick LePage announced that each person who helped with the quilt would get to have it in her home for a few weeks.

In July this year, while I was in Sisters, Oregon with my quilt group, the Quisters, Lee’s quilt was passed on to me. As a member of the Pickle Dish Gang — the name Rick gave to the group of quilters who worked with Lee on the quilt — I had been waiting patiently for my turn.

As soon as I got home I put it over the couch in my living room . . .

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. . . and can honestly say that I looked at it several times a day the entire time it was here. It was a vivid reminder of Lee’s friendship and of the love that the members of the Pickle Dish Gang had for her.

A handmade book accompanies the quilt as it makes its way from one member to the next, so that each of us can write a personal message. At the end of the quilt’s journey, it will be returned to Lee’s family along with the quilt. In my entry I included this photo, taken at Creekside Park in Sisters in July:

Dawn in park with Lee's Pickle Dish quilt
Everyone who knew Lee knew how much this quilt meant to her. It means a lot to me, too, and I am so glad I got to be a part of its creation.




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8 Responses to Movin’ On Down the Road

  1. Lisa Phillips says:

    Priceless Dawn!

  2. Reigh says:

    Really fun quilt! Great colors, and a very nice sentiment.

  3. Colleen says:

    Do you ever think of making one of your own?

  4. anna chek says:

    Lovely. Nice to see a warm snapshot of my former, temporary home, the gorgeous quilt, and gracious hostess!

  5. Vickie says:

    sometimes tissues are required

  6. char quiroz says:

    Beautiful quilt and lovely picture. When you posted about it previously I looked up the pattern. It’s now on my “list” of quilts to make.

  7. Lisa D'Andrea says:

    Thank you for the beautiful story and pictures. I sure hope I’m a quilter in my next life!!!

  8. Diane says:

    This quilt has such a lovely story! I’m also struck by the quilt’s versatility – it looks so terrific on your couch, but I realize that it would look wonderful on almost any sofa color. Really brilliant design!

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