I had collected some novelty fabrics and made 9” Ohio Star blocks. The working title for this project was Things Jim Likes. Construction stalled when there were some categories that had to be included but were difficult to find. Fabric with cameras, birds, maps, were some of the most elusive. I put everything in a box and put it on a shelf until I could collect more fabrics. By everything, I mean a diagram of the quilt I had designed in EQ7, notes to myself about the possible sashing and setting triangle fabrics, and a list of themes I had and wanted to add.
As this birthday approached, I decided that this would be his “three score and ten” gift . Yes, he walked in the sewing room several times while the blocks were on the design wall. And, no, he didn’t realize what was there. I worked as quickly as I could with them on the wall, and I lied a bit (ok, a lot) about what I was doing upstairs in the weeks before Christmas. (His birthday is December 26 – the design wall photo was taken Sept 23.)
Once assembled, I knew I couldn’t hide it long enough to quilt it myself. And, it’s big and would take me a long time. So Dewey Godwin became my partner in secrecy and did the quilting in record time. Knowing the theme and seeing the trains, Dewey incorporated a railroad track into the border. Perfect!
My partner, my assistant, my musician, my photographer, my soulmate now has a new quilt of his own. And, just in time for the coldest weather in a very long time. It works at nap time in front of the tv.
Some of the things represented are cameras, lighthouses, scientific instruments, football, windmills, Christmas lights, birds, travel, the great outdoors, banjos, guitars, railroads, geology, the US Army, and even sharks (those represent the years he taught Oceanography and dissected sharks in his lab, gaining notoriety for the smelliest classroom at school).
For email subscribers, here is a photo of the whole quilt. It measures 65″ x 80″ . For more detail, go to the website and click on any photo to enlarge.