I have several items to share!
First I would like to share with you one of the memory quilt tops I have completed. This top was made for my brother-in-law's mother. She is a very special lady, and I have known her most of my life. I wanted to create something that would allow the fabrics from the shirts to be showcased on a larger scale so she can easily recognize them. After much thought, research, and execution, I came up with this..........
"Hugs from Howard"
Howard was my brother-in-law's father that passed away. I used all of the cotton dress shirts that were given to me in this quilt. I have several of his flannel shirts that I have used in quilts for the other family members. Photos of those quilts will be coming up in a post as soon as I can put together the pattern I used for them. I used some unbleached muslin, and white shirting fabric as the background. I was able to show my sister and her husband this quilt, and I believe they really liked it. There were tears........and smiles. My brother-in-law started inspecting the quilt and said several times, "I remember dad wearing that shirt." After hearing that, I felt as though I accomplished my mission in this regard. It was an honor making this quilt top.
You may be wondering how I came up with the design for this quilt?
I used one of my favorite go to sites:
Big Star Quilt Tutorial
I could watch Jenny Doan of the Missouri Start Quilt Company all day long because she makes quilt making fun and easy. I had the privilege of meeting her, and I have ordered items from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I must say, I have been quite impressed by their customer service.
In other news, August is family time! My mom, dad, sister and her family made their annual trip to my home to spend several days with me. We usually plan this get together around my dad's birthday. My sister takes my niece and nephew shopping for back to school clothing and other items while here.
Happy 73rd Birthday Dad!
I was able to take dad out on the Mississippi River for a while on his birthday!
We had a great visit!
Some points of interest I was able to share with the family were:
If you are from the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, you KNOW you HAVE to visit this place at least once!
If you ever wondered where the famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale are kept, it's Grant's Farm.
There is so much more to see at the farm though, and my niece and nephew really enjoyed it!
What on earth am I up to now????????
I hope you all are enjoying your families and the end of summer!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter