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For as long as I can remember...
... my grandmother and her friends
have been part of a quilting bee.
pretending that I was surrounded...
and that their stitches...
... were messages from giants
written across the sky.
I used to spend my summers
with my grandmother and my great-aunt...
... who lived in Grasse, California.
when she took off with her latest boyfriend.
My parents' marriage didn't last very long.
They said they didn't love each other anymore.
Or maybe they were just afraid
that their relationship...
... it was all my fault.
The truth is, it's no one's fault.
Sometimes love simply dies.
At this moment in time,
I'm working on my third...
... and, I hope, final attempt
at my master's thesis.
Whenever I'm about to finish,
I can't help it.
... well, the less I want to know about it.
On top of that, my sweetheart Sam
is taking our home apart...
... and putting it back together
in some mysterious new form.
I've decided to go away for the summer.
This makes Sam nervous.
He thinks I'm leaving
And I'm 26. This is not
an unreasonable age to get married.
Especially if you've found
your possible soul mate.
But how do you merge into this thing
called a couple...
And how do we even know
if we're only supposed to be with one person...
... for the rest of our lives?
The day Sam drove me
to my Great-aunt Glady's house...
setting up to make a new quilt.
I don't know why we do this...
They've always met here at Aunt Glady's.
after she lost her husband.
They've been fighting ever since.
Arthur's stuff is junk?
It's piled up there.
Everyone defers to Anna,
who is the master quilter.
She used to work for my Aunt Glady,
And then there's Em, who's married to an artist,
and for some reason...
We have to move this.
She had lived in Paris
which made her very mysterious to me...
... when I was a kid.
She taught me French, made caf au laits.
And the year I got my period,
she gave me a glass of red wine.
Sam, I'm so happy to see you.
Let's move some furniture together.
I'll do whatever, but no lifting.
Shouldn't you be using a computer?
I don't trust computers.
- They lose things.
- Not if you know what you're doing.
I made you a tape.
- All the songs have "road" in the title.
- Great. Thanks.
Are you gonna be okay with this?
Yeah, I'm fine.
I got lots to do, so, I'm fine.
So you'll come pick me up in September?
- Maybe not.
- You better.
...each of these squares
is made by different hands.
So I have to bring
...in a balanced and harmonious...
First, we have to find a theme.
Now, for this particular quilt,
the theme is "Where Love Resides."
You put too much sugar in the iced tea.
I did not. It's got like a teaspoon and a half.
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