It was pandemonium in the Courthouse Chamber! Those 'Sweet Lil' BlueHaired Ladies' were elbowing their way to Flo's Fabric Shop on Wheels while Alma and Grace were digging their way to the bottom for several pieces of Moda Marble. Diane and the usually passive Sarah, were like two calico cats scratching it out over a bolt of a big splashy floral print. I was sure we were just seconds away from a 'Fabric Frenzy FreeForAll'!
"Excuse me, ya'll, I was just wondering about The Grand Jury Room".
The Frenzy continued!
"EXCUSE ME, WHAT and WHERE is THE GRAND JURY ROOM"
The Frenzy Froze!
The Armadillo's were clutching scraps of 30's flour sacks, Grace had her arms full of Marbles, Sarah forfeited her hold on the floral, and Alma patted her Helmet Hair in place and in her best presidental voice said...
"Right this way".
Alma led the way into what I can only describe as "The Big Quilting-Fabric Room InTheSky". I swear, I heard angels singing "Haaaalleluuuujah" as the clouds parted and rays of light spotlighted the neatly folded stacks and bolts of fabric on shelf after shelf after shelf around the room. It was exhilarating!!!! I felt Blessed and it was all I could do not to fall on my knees and shout..."There is a Quilt Goddess".
While I stood there with my mouth forming a 'BigOMG', Flo wheeled past with her 'Scrambled Stash'. In seconds the Frenzy FreeForAll'ers were calmly folding and filing fabric on the shelves of what was truly and aptly named 'The Grand Jury Stash'....I'd serve on this Grand Jury forever.
It took several minutes for the Angels voices to clear from my head and to regain my sense of earthliness. As I wandered around the room I noticed the tables and chairs arranged in what looked like a class setting. Each of the tables had several Featherweight Sewing Machines, and all the necessary tools needed for cutting, piecing and pressing a quilt block or complete top.
I commented to Josephine who was all of a sudden standing beside me, "When I die, I want to live here...it would be like winning the Fabric Lotto". As serious as 'sticking a thousand needles in your eye', Josephine said matter of factly, "That is how this room came to be!" I followed her pointing finger to the sign above the door.
Diane to Sarah
"Friendship is sewn with love and measured by kindness, here, I'll measure you off a yard."
Sarah to Diane
"One yard of fabric, like one cookie, is never enough!"
Bea to Irene
"Love is the thread that binds us."
Irene to Bea
"Our lives are like quilts, bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love."
Alma to Grace
"Quilting fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom and closets."
Grace to Alma
"Creative clutter is better than idle neatness."
Sue to Josephine
"Blessed are the piecemakers."
Josephine to Sue
"Quilts connect the past with the present and the future"
See Ya, tomorrow for Letter H....Halle-lol-luuuujha!!!