I’m guessing that not all of you who are reading this blog are friends of mine on facebook. In which case I need to tell you about my “Danny quilts”. For those who have already heard about them please pardon the repetition.
While packing some clothes in WV for this time frame of “between houses” I looked at a bunch of Dan’s clothes and wondered what I was going to do with them. Someone had suggested that I give each of the kids a shirt to cuddle with as a way to remember their Dad. So in the process of pulling out one for each of them I decided to turn some of them into a quilt. A good friend told me that “When life gives you scraps, make a quilt.” So that’s what I’m doing.
I ended up dividing up Dan’s dress shirts between myself and the four oldest kids. Then I am taking their “color” and making a quilt for each of them. There really isn’t a whole lot of Dan’s shirts in each quilt (Dan just wasn’t much interested in wearing pink and purple) =). Marantha, Payden, and Caleb kind of get the short end of the stick there, but I’m still playing with some ideas. I’m saving the pockets and tags off of the shirts and I think I might sort of appliqué them onto a ‘sheet’, and knot that into a comforter for Maranatha. Then I have a few collars, cuffs, and buttons, not to mention T-shirts (not real good for blankets) and some jeans to play around with for Payden and Caleb.
So, if you hear me talking about a Danny quilt that is what I’m referring to. I did manage to finish the first one which I have claimed as my own at this point. Friends have donated scraps, time for cutting, piecing, and quilting to help me finish. It is very nice to have this project to work on at this point in my life. It seems to help me grieve in a constructive manner.
Here is a picture of the first one.
Here are some of the patches for the second one. This one will be Abigail’s. I’m not sure why I started with hers. I actually have this one all pieced together and basted. Next step is the quilting and then put on the edging to finish it up.