Papa’s Quilt

January 2004
Missing my Daddy’s 60th birthday (in 2004) because I was living in Nevada and he was in Texas, was something I thought would just about kill me. I knew that the family was planning a big party for it and I was missing it. Just about the only thing I could do to make myself feel better was try to do something special for his birthday. I decided on a quilt. I knew it had to be “manly”—no sissy quilts for Papa—but I wanted it to be special. So, in my search for fabrics I came across the “music note” fabric—black and white. (He was the church choir director for 20 years.) I found a dark gray fabric and a coordinating burnt red and I went to town. Used the same technique on this one that I had used on Katie’s (see below)—Pieced the blocks and put them on point, layered them with batting and then a light muslin backing and stippled the stars. Then I used the machine to embroider black music notes on the corner points. After that, I sewed each quilted block together to form a quilt top. (Kind of a quilt-as-you-go technique.) After that, I layered the already quilted top with more batting and a prettier backing fabric and quilted along the block lines–stitch in the ditch. Bound it in black and viola’. Manly man quilt. I did all this right in the middle of the Christmas holidays and finished JUST in time to send it to him for his birthday on January 5th. I wish I could have seen him open it, but I’m told he fell madly in love with it at first sight. Now it’s 2017 and it still hangs over the back of his recliner. Good job me!

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"I'd like to think of myself as a blended mix of Southern charm and humor. What I really am is a hot mess of sin and sass. Jesus loves me either way."

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