All the comments were quite lovely, but I received several good natured yet incredulous exclamations in person like: "I can't believe you made a quilt for your boyfriend!" and "I hope you've made arrangements to get it back when you break up!" Whenever I discussed this with other quilters they expressed similar sentiments and were taken aback that I would spend so much time and energy making something for someone who may not be permanent in my life.
And while that makes sense, what I knew then, and what I know now, is that I wasn't wasting my time at all. I adore Justin and his support and encouragement to pursue my hobbies, talents and dreams is why I know that I want to be his partner for the rest of our lives. I have always anticipated that we were permanent features in each other's lives.
So you can probably see where this is going now...
We're officially engaged! I can happily announce that the cowboy quilt will be safe in my family forever. We can take it with us on family camping trips with our kids or on picnics with our kids....but I think I'm getting ahead of myself.
Justin proposed in a beautiful canyon of granite rock beneath a natural spring waterfall after an early morning horseback ride through the desert hills of the southwest. It was romantic and beautiful and we're very excited to start our lives together. I love him for many reasons but because this is a quilt blog, the most relevant ones deal with his enthusiasm for my hobbies and interests. He lets me show him all my fabric and each and every little stitch I make. He even escorts me into quilt stores on occasion and patiently waits for me to browse. He tells everyone about my quilts and proudly shows everyone the projects I've finished. I am so lucky to have found someone who supports me unconditionally.
Thanks for letting me share the good news!