My Dad’s Quilt

Back in July my Dad was in a pretty bad motorcycle accident. Luckily he is alive but sadly he is still a bit broken and still not back at work. After his accident he would basically make me feel guilty every time I saw him by asking me where his quilt was since my Mom had gotten one while she was in the hospital only a few months prior. (you can read see hers here if you want.) Anyhow every time I would respond with oh sure Dad I will make you a 6” quilt to keep your toes warm. We would tease each other that is just how we roll in our family. In October I finally decided I would make my Dad his quilt after he landed himself in the hospital for a unwelcomed stay once again. Now he even had more leverage being there twice I guess. My brother pitched in a little cash and I went fabric shopping!

So I made him his quilt for Christmas. He didn’t know about it. We surprised him!  Well at first he unwrapped a blu-ray telling him to go to the laundry room where his 6” quilt was waiting for him…

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He started laughing so hard. He was thrilled with his little mug rug. He even said that would have been good enough but wasn’t willing to give his actual quilt up to my brother. Afterwards I unrolled his big quilt for him. I used the Vintage pattern from the Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley book. I did not add the additional borders (My Dad is not the tallest guy, ssshhhhh). This quilt measures at approx. 60” by 80”.11468553474_18b66ed424_b

My Dad has a thing for sailboats. So I had to add a sailboat block. I think that it turned out well. I used the lovely Tula Pink Salt Water line in the blue color way with a few Kona solids thrown in. I paired it was Kona ash and the binding is the anchor print. I couldn’t really make a block with that print because it blended so much but luckily I found yardage on sale for binding! I quilted it on the angle stopping at the sailboat block. I stitched around the sailboat which was easier said than done with my sewing machine.

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Needless to say my Dad is very happy with his quilt! I am super glad that I made the time to make it for him even though Miss L thought I should be making her quilt instead. Hers is on the list.

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Happy New Year to all my lovely blog friends! I hope we all have a few fun me projects planned for the new year!

6 comments:

DeborahGun said...
January 1, 2014 at 2:29 AM

Happy New Year Samantha. So happy to have met you and have loved following your blog this year. Here's to a great 2014 xx

Renee said...
January 1, 2014 at 6:55 AM

That rug mug is so great too! You just can't go wrong with Salt Water and navy and grey. What a wonderful gift to have.

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...
January 1, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Great quilt. Your dad looks very happy with it!

Barb said...
January 1, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing the story behind your quilt - it is beautiful.

Christina said...
January 1, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Great story and love the photos, you can tell that quilt will be loved:-)

kim said...
January 7, 2014 at 7:33 AM

Isn't it nice when someone requests one of your quilts? I think you made a great choice with your fabrics and pattern and your Dad's quilt looks beautiful. And he looks quite happy keeping warm with it :)

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