Francie's Quilt lovingly made of all things
Francie Skarich is a huge fan of "It's a Wonderful Life"
and has become a dear friend. Years ago at Christmastime, she started
sending me a European speciality pastry called potica (pronounced
po-TEET-sa) bread. It's rolled, and inside are brown sugar, nuts
and all kinds of goodies. It is so delicious! I heat it, slather
it with butter, then yum! In December 2001, she sent three
for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. They freeze well.
some time now, she also has sent me lovely little Christmas gifts
she made herself. Her glass bell ornaments included one on which
she hand painted my face as Zuzu and wrote my line, "Every time
a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." Last year, she put rose
petals inside the ornaments.
son is a priest. She helps him by making and refurbishing doll clothes
to give to children and contributes other talents in his parish.
Angels, Bells, and a photo of the Bailey family
Christmas, she really topped them all. This handmade quilt measures
35-by-48 inches. It is all about Zuzu and the film. She hand-stitched
angels holding roses and, of course, one holding potica bread. Each
square has real bells so that the quilt always jingles. Movie stills
and a copy of her Zuzu Society certificate are printed and hand-sewn
on this beautiful piece.
An autographed photo
colors are primarily red and green, with touches of navy blue. The
underside features little angels shaped like bells.
has learned all about giving- she gives of herself. she certainly
has earned her wings! It is an honor to call her my friend.