Living along the Gulf Coast provides ample opportunity for a peaceful walk along the sugar white beaches of NW Florida or a serene stroll through nature at any one of our Gulf Islands National Seashore Parks. Tranquility is easy to find here for most of us.
But then there’s my best friend.
Last week she was celebrating a birthday and I wanted to find the perfect gift for her. I thought about what she needed and concluded she simply needed more tranquility in her life. She’s a first class worrier but I just couldn’t find a gift that would help her stop worrying. I wanted her next year to be filled with tranquility but I just couldn’t figure out how to do it.
Tranquility: a disposition free from stress or emotion, an untroubled state, a state of peace and quiet, serenity, placidity, repose, quiet, calm, calmness, composure, peace of mind, an absence of agitation or excitement, an absence of tension or worry.
Because I couldn’t give my friend the gift of actual tranquility I opted to make a special quilt for her that might, at least, inspire more tranquility in her life. I created a new word and a new series of quilts.
Tran-Quilt-ity: the state of peaceful napping, sleeping or relaxing under a handmade quilt made by someone who cares for you, values you, and has only well wishes for you.
I rummaged through my stash for fabric that matched the earthy colors in her home and her self-described decorating style of “contemporary with an Asian influence.” It took three tries before I finally created the quilt I wanted just for her. I call these three quilts “The Tran-Quilt-ity Series.”
The first one is named, “Seeking Peace.”
It wasn’t exactly what I wanted for my friend so I kept trying.
The second try started to look more like I wanted it to look but the message just wasn’t working. I had to be more direct with my words. Below are photos of the final version and my friend loved it. I think I’ll make a few more in this series.