This blanket represents the quilt gifted to me by my grandmother’s best friend. Her name was Helen Sayles, and she was a lifelong resident of Chicago and a friend of my grandma’s since girlhood. It was made by Helen’s sister for their mother in the 1930s. I treasure it because for me it is representative of the larger connectedness between us, across families, and across generations. Plus, Helen was a hoot and an extraordinary example to me. Extremely strong, independent, funny, and insightful. This quilt keeps me connected to her.