Renée Hanson, a dear friend of AQS employee Timberly Parker, knew that the sadness that surrounded the passing of Timberly’s mother, Barbara Dowdy Parker, would touch her deeply. Renée was certain that special fabrics would gently sooth the loss. Timberly was touched to receive the following note with a precious gift – a quilt.
Nothing can ever replace the secure embrace of a mother’s love – certainly not a material object such as this quilt. I hope, however, that it can serve as a reminder of the comfort her presence brought you.
You, of course, will recognize the large pieces are from her robe. The chenille needed to be “tacked” in order to maintain its integrity and hold it close to the other squares. So I chose the Celtic symbol for “love eternal” to make it steadfast – much like the role your Mom served in your family.
The pink calico is from one of my old shirts. Although I wanted the quilt to be about your Mom, I prayed really hard while I was making my fabric choices, and I felt that Barb wouldn’t mind if I added a little piece of myself. She and I stayed on the phone for hours over the years discussing how much we each love you. I hope when you look at the pink, you will be reminded that as long as I am here on earth, you have a friend upon whom you can always count.
Your mother would be so proud of all your accomplishments. When you wrap this quilt around you, I hope you feel her presence drawing closer and know that her love remains near.
Merry Christmas with love,