Dorothy Parker once said "Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship."
I think this presents a wonderful image of a quilt. Typically quilts are made for function but with love, for who would care if you were cold unless they loved you? Most quilts are sentimental, made with remnants of cloth from a wardrobe.
A quilt then offers warmth and love; doesn't friendship as well?
Although a quilt may become worn with use, perhaps even frayed and thread-bare, friendships don't. Quite the contrary. The longer friendship becomes entwined in your life, the warmer you feel. In fact, the more you want to rely upon those friendships; a worn-out quilt may be something to line a dog bed or protect the car from plants and shrubs. Or worse, it may be tossed.
Is there a friendship that has provided warmth and comfort and lasted through the years?