I don't think he knows that his stories have in fact influenced me in my quilting. In fact, I haven't realized until finishing this quilt for a graduation gift, did I realize how his story touched me in many ways. I didn't have such a blankie and I wished I would have had one. I didn't really have anything like that until I started making quilts. Many of my quilts are of the lap sized variety, because of the perceived comfort I saw them giving, just from listening to my husband share his blankie story with me more than once. We still have the blankie. It's been replaced with more color/design acceptable quilts made by myself.
The quilt pictured is one of many I've offered to graduating teens. I've not shared this story with anyone until now. I think I'll figure out a way to print it on a card and include with my donation quilts. I really want to share warmth through my quilts--the warmth that I perceive that my husband received from his old college blankie.
For a high school grad, life begins for a teen, often away from things familiar and schedules and such in a foreign environment for that teen. Life begins for the young adult as they begin learning how to express themselves and find an occupation.
Cheers for new beginnings---with a quilt--quilted by pattilou.
This quilt was actually begun as blocks for a lotto exchange and then I played with them a bit and feeling a bit inspired from the book Freddy & Gwen Collaborate Again I added some black and white to spice it up. See original post I was bored, HERE:
The green fabric is actually, if you look close, a resemblance of a map. This could be quite metaphorical for a high school grad pursuing dreams to further an education.
After speaking with the mom of this particular grad--I decided this quilt would be perfect for her. I certainly hope so.