The QUILT was one of life’s most beautiful surprises! Apparently Creative Regions, the company of which I had been a founding member, sent out a message to colleagues when I was first diagnosed and invited them to send a patch for quilting. What incredible forethought! How could I have missed out on a single whisper of this amazing enterprise? But I did. That made it all the more awesome when the finished product was drawn out of its black plastic carry-all during a lunch at Thai Tulips restaurant yesterday. I was so moved I could hardly speak – each carefully placed piece brought with it the energy of a friend, a colleague; all of them busy people in the fullness of their working lives and yet they found time to do this marvellous thing! Turning the quilt over I could read on its pink-patterned back heartfelt greetings from locals and visitors to the recent State Conference – Artspoken who had taken the time to write a message of affection or concern. I have been around the sector for a long time. I have worked hard and loved it. This was an unexpected reward! I have never had a proper patchwork quilt- this is my first and very special for so many reasons. Karen, who sewed the pieces into their final form shared the lunch with us and she has offered to lead me along the way to more fabrication. There are a few patches left over that are begging to become a cushion cover!