I debated entering a quilt into the Bloggers Quilt Festival, seeing how I'm on a blogging break and all. I decided to squeak this one in right at the end of the festival.
My mom just turned 60. My siblings and I debated on what to get for her. She doesn't need stuff and is constantly dejunking her house. It's like she is on a mission to declutter. I suggested a quilt, of course. When I saw this quilt by Faith on Fresh Lemons, I knew the design would be perfect.
This quilt has been on my mind for a couple years. Almost 10 years ago my dad passed away from a Multiple Myeloma which is a cancer of the plasma cells. We've definitely had our ups and downs as a family over the years after losing him. A while back my mom gave each of us a few items that belonged to my dad. Among other things I received two shirts. My dad owned a construction company and built custom homes for a living. As long as I remember he wore the same type of plaid flannel work shirts of various colors. The blue plaid in this quilt is from one shirt he used to wear to work. The red fabric is from a much nicer Eddie Bauer heavy cotton shirt that I remember my dad wearing a lot in the winter. He would wear the red one around the house or out on errands and such, but it wasn't ever a work shirt. I liked the idea of combining the two shirts in this quilt. It represents the two major areas of his life--his family and his work. He took great pride in both.
Although I've been thinking of making these shirts into a quilt for about two years, it was amazingly difficult to actually cut them up. I thought a lot about my dad as I made the quilt. I know he would have liked it. It's his style--nice and simple. I used a super soft minky on the back that makes it a great cuddle quilt.
Happy Birthday Mom!