Writing 101 – Today’s twist: write the scene from three different points of view.
I’m not into fiction yet. A lot of these Writing 101 prompts seems to be focused on fiction. The theme of perspectives, though, how can I relate that to quilting? Then, I remembered I wanted to write a piece on my butterfly hanky quilt.
This is part fiction, though, as this conversation never actually happened, maybe something close to it.
I set the folded quilt on the bed and begin to unfold to reveal the finished quilt top.
“Oh, look how pretty it is. It’s just gorgeous!”
“Look at the detail in your quilting, that’s amazing. Was that by hand or machine? Was it that free-motion stuff? I could never do the machine quilting like that. Did it take you a long time?”
It’s by machine and yes, it took a lot of time!
“Oh, look, you hand appliqued the hankies to the blocks. Those really are some vintage handkerchiefs, aren’t they? Hand embroidery is becoming a lost art.”
“Where did you get all those hankies?”
My Mom had them all when she died.
“I have a few of those like that – used to be my grandmother’s. This green and yellow one looks like one of hers.”
“That must have take a lot of time, do you work outside the home? How do you find the time to do all this?”
Yes, I do .
“I made a hanky quilt once, but just laid the handkerchiefs flat, not folded like that. Where did you get the idea?”
From a magazine Mom had.
“Do you like butterflies?”
“I’d be afraid to use it, do you use it?”
I would if I had a guest bed.
“I can see this may be an heirloom you’ll probably give to your granddaughter someday, huh?”
Probably. I thought, “who could I give it to” when I finished it, some really special lady in my life – but then I realized the only person I could think of was Mom and she’s gone. Plus, if she hadn’t died, I probably wouldn’t have gotten her quilting stuff, and it wouldn’t have been made then. Ironic, isn’t it?
“Well, it’s an absolutely beautiful treasure.”
From the differing perspectives, how many people are viewing the quilt?