|:: 56" x 73" :: hand quilted in grid pattern with perle cotton #8 ::|
Then I had an epiphany! When the boys were little I made each of them a quilt (story here) and Russell's was made with Buffalo Bills fabric. During the teenage years it got left somewhere and lost and he has missed it ever since. For a surprise I thought I'd recreate it with an updated twist. My first idea was to make it a little more funky but the helmet fabric and the colors really didn't spark any creative juices. I finally told myself that he'd appreciate the original patchwork look the best and I think that was true, not just a cop-out. I pieced a back and added some embroidered embellishments to make it more personal.
Unfortunately time got away from me this December (doesn't it always) and on the big day he open a box with a fully pin basted quilt and a roll of binding. Hand quilting commenced almost immediately. Let me tell you something ... that novelty sports fabric is almost as thick as canvas and the perle cotton was a heavier gauge than my usual so my fingers were S.O.R.E. when I was finally finished. I've never been so glad to be done with a project in my life. It was worth it in the end because he loves it and I know it reminds him of his favorite quilt and all the memories that went with it.