I recently made a T-shirt quilt for a customer, and while we discussed her quilt and the T-shirts she brought me to use (all different with no theme that I could detect), she requested that I use bicycle fabric for the borders. Sounds innocent enough, right? But let's go deeper, and check out once again that there are shirts from all parts of her life; including two pancreatic cancer shirts; an Oriole shirt, a Brittany Spaniel shirt and a couple beach shirts from North Carolina. A few others rounded out the number I need to make a "rectangle" quilt, and a smaller "throw" quilt at that.
But when my customer repeated that she would like bicycles, I must have given her a "quizzical" look, and then, the ah ha moment materialized; bicycles bring balance to her life! I about cried at that moment, and said, "yes", I truly get the symbolism. It really blew me away, and wanted to share this little moment of humanity with you because I thought it was awesome!
BSoleille! The bright side of: bicycles...the balance of life.