Time for the Next Quilt

I am beginning the next quilt. I figure this is okay because I only have three tops waiting to be pieced. Last year at this time, I had 18. So, the way I figure it,  I am way ahead.

It’s not that I don’t like to quilt – I do. I just have so many ideas for tops in my head, I get carried away with piecing. So I now swear that I WILL quilt these tops within the next two months. I SWEAR IT. Honest.

Whew! So now I can cut out and begin to evolve the next one. The inspiration comes from an American Folk Song, “The Water is Wide.”

I’ve already made one quilt, “Our Love is Like a Ruby,” which is in the Gallery, also based on this lovely folk ballad.

I first heard this song as a teenager at the Broadway show, “Spoon River Anthology,” and it has haunted me ever since. I think it’s the perfect description of what a committed relationship can be. Plus it’s an extraordinary tune.

I waited for 52 years before I met someone for whom this song fit – that is, it fit our relationship and isn’t that swell! I am so lucky! And grateful.

We sang it at our commitment ceremony and should we ever get equal marriage rights, we’ll sing it then. Loudly and joyfully.

It goes:

The water is wide, and we cannot get o’er.

And neither have we wings to fly.

Give us a boat that will carry two,

and both shall row, my love and I.


Done in the meadow the other day,

a-gathering flowers, both fine and gay,

a-gathering flowers of different hue,

I did give thought to what love can do.


Our love was tender, our love was true

our love was like a ruby when it is new;

as our love grew old, it sparkled true;

it did not fade; it only grew.


The water is wide, and we cannot get o’er.

And neither have we wings to fly.

Give us a boat that will carry two

and both shall row, my love and I.