I'm very blessed to have a core group of friends some of them going back to when I moved to Texas in 1975 and some who have come into my life fairly recently. You are lucky in life to have one or two trusted friends but I have several. The kind of friends who you have gone through every experience a woman can go through in her life, childbirth, divorce, marriage, infidelity by a spouse, re-marriage, death of parents, death of siblings and close family, changes in finances, bankruptcy, moves to new homes, loss of home from fire, babysitting, chicken pox, financial loss, not knowing how to get through the next day, hospitalizations too many to count, cancer, loss of a child, exhaustion, packing and moving in the middle of the night to get away from an abusive spouse, the list could go on and on. But there has also been great joy, laughing till you snort wine out your nose, misadventures which lead to more laughing. We are blended together like ingredients in a cake, each with our own part to contribute. I know the next few years will add another experience, losing them at some point. So we overlook irritations, differences of opinion, politics, religion and we tell each other how much we love one another, just in case. The different colors of strips in the quilt represent their personalities. It is paper pieced, big surprise, and Rita there are 256 pieces so you don't have to count.