Quilting friendships can last a lifetime. In the mid 90’s we remodeled our haymow, rewired it, moved in a frig, added tables and chairs and opened quilt camp. Quilters came from across the United States to our farm to sew in the barn and the animals continued to live on the first floor. It was a unique setting.
Mary and I met at Country Threads quilt camp in the fall of 2001. When not at camp, we sent emails, talked by phone and corresponded with good old fashioned hand-written letters. You see, Mary lived in Ohio and I lived in Minnesota.
Here are some photos taken at Country Threads over the years.
We had so much fun over the years at camp that we decided once-a-year visits weren’t enough and added a mid-year retreat, one year in Ohio, the next in Minnesota. I even tagged along to a Country Living Fair in Ohio. (This is Mary E. speaking – Mary Harwood helped us every year at the fair in our tent and her husband, Ken, helped us pack up at the end of the fair.).
We met each other’s families and sewed with each other’s quilting groups. Her friends became my friends. Her family became my family and I think she felt the same way about the Minnesota connections she made.
Through thick and thin, we were there for each other. Our beginning, middle and end was all about quilting. May Heaven be filled with horses, dogs and quilts that have gone before you, Mary.
Mary Harwood, age 58, lost her very short but intense battle with cancer on July 2, 2016. We will all miss her more than I can say. Can we all stop to remember how precious our friends are to us? For those campers who met Mary at camp, I am hopeful that this post reaches you.