Mary and I got the sweetest email the other day from a local quilter who has 4 very special high school girls in her life …
They all live in Safford, a small farming community not far from the Arizona and New Mexico border. Mom, Brenda and her husband are cotton farmers! Yes … they grow the stuff that eventually ends up in our fabric stashes!
Brenda is the proud owner of 8 sewing machines and 2 daughters, Katy is a high school senior and Hannah is in the 8th grade.
She also used to own a lot of Me and My Sister fabric scraps until she got busy making string quilts for the girls.
Brenda sews most nights and says that it helps her unwind at the end of the day. She started taking quilting classes about 4 years ago with a friend and one of her daughters former teachers. Quilting is her therapy … I think we all understand that a bit!
The girls are all best friends and help each other through the drama of high school. They are all good students and at a recent BBQ for the girls and their families, Brenda surprised them each with a quilt and a personalized pillowcase. They often have sleepovers so this was the perfect gift!
That’s Brenda’s daughter Katy on the far right in the plaid shirt. Mom says she came into the world smiling and raring to go!
Nia is on the far left in the purple. She was in Katy’s pre school class and they have been friends since they were 3 years old!
Next is Willow, the redhead, who just happens to be Katy’s cousin. I guess that means they have known each other their whole lives.
Monique is in the middle and was a transplant from Mesa, Arizona a few years ago. She is in the Safford High School orchestra along with Katy and Emily.
Emily is the blonde. She and Katy met in 7th grade and are involved in many activities together.
The fab 5 and their quilts!
Since they live in a small rural community they rely on each other for support and entertainment.
Quilting is a GOOD thing!
Hugs to Brenda and the girls … Barb