This is the second time we've been lucky enough to feature Amy from Diary of a Quilter. You can check out our first feature here. Make sure to check out some of her tutorials, including a darling table runner and 32 minute messenger bag. Here is one of her latest quilts and stories:
An old friend of mine got married this summer. Not that that's unusually big news, but this friend has had quite the journey. We've been friends a long time - high school, college roommates. Years later we even ended up getting married within weeks of each other, had our first babies within months of each other - and then things changed drastically for her. Her first husband was diagnosed with severe mental health issues. She was pregnant with her second baby and no longer in a safe situation. Tragedy of the cruelest kind.
As I get older and find out about more people I knew in my adolescence who have grown into serious mental health issues, it breaks my heart. Because there's so much stigma, and so many helpless feelings there. I have another friend who's husband has cancer. While equally tragic, it's socially normal to rally around someone battling something like cancer, but how to help someone who is battling their own brain turning them into a different person is daunting. It's not like you can just bring them a casserole and hope they get better. Mental health issues are not for sissies, I tell you.
Anyway, after years of being a single mom, putting herself through graduate school, and supporting her girls all alone, my friend married the greatest guy this summer. If anyone deserved a big dose of happiness, it's her. And so, to celebrate a new family, I wanted to give them a quilt.
As I shared this story I've been touched by the number of people who have been through similar experiences in their own lives. Mental illness is an issue shared by people across all walks of life - probably more than we would ever suspect. I hope that it is an issue our culture can come to understand better and that we can remove some of the stigma so that more support can be given to the individuals and family members who are so deeply affected.Diary of a Quilter.
Congratulations to your friend, that is such a sweet story and kind gift. Thanks Amy!!