Thursday, August 30, 2018

A Quilt for Joan

I met Joan when I joined my first guild, The Flower Valley Quilting Guild, about twenty years ago.  More than fifteen years ago we both joined a small daytime group started by a mutual friend we fondly dubbed "Day-Quilters".  So I've been to many meetings, lunches, field trips, and retreats with her, and she is a dear friend.  Here she is with a paper doll of herself; we were each asked to make one for a 50th Birthday Party/Quilt retreat we were graciously invited to a while back.




Sadly, Joan is losing her vision which means she has to give up quilting.  When I saw her a few months ago at Day Quilters she asked each of us to take what we wanted of her fabrics and UFOs.   I came home with this scrappy little 35" top.  

She thought I could make it into a doll quilt, but I decided to turn it into a "Joan Quilt".  Scrappy it began so scrappier it would become.  I just grabbed some scraps .....

..... and black & white prints, then kept making borders until I thought it was done.

Of course, it definitely needed Scottie dog fabric on the back because Joan really, really loves Scottie dogs.


It finished up about 53" square and pretty cute, I think.















































Now it's washed and dried and has that comfy, crinkly look every quilt looks better with .....




..... which means it's ready to mail.  I hope it brings up a lot of sweet memories for Joan when she uses it.  I know it did that for me while I worked on it.






13 comments:

  1. This is absolutely fabulous, Sandy. She will love it!

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  2. What a thoughtful thing to do for Joan. I'm sure she will appreciate it!

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  3. How lovely Sandy, what a wonderful tribute to a special lady.

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  4. What a perfect gift, to finish this scrappy piece into a quilty hug for Joan! So incredibly thoughtful of you, Sandy :)

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  5. That is so sweet and special. I'm sure she will love it!

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  6. Very sweet of you to add to it and finish it and give it back to her. I am sure she will treasure it.

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  7. What a lovely idea! I'm sure she'll treasure it.

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  8. What a lovely story, and such a kind, thoughtful thing to have done with Joan's little piece. It worked out really well too.

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  9. Truly a heart-felt gesture. Sweet and kind from one quilter to another.

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  10. This is such a sweet gift for your friend! I am sure she will absolutely love it. The little scottie dogs on the back is a very thoughtful touch.

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  11. WHAT a wonderful gift! Losing my eyesight is something that I think of from time to time as I've had some issues. How kind of Joan to offer her fabric etc to dear friends and then for you to give back. A feel good story for sure!

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  12. Sandy, Joan will be blown away. She will absolutely love it. This will brighten up her week and let her know that she is not forgotten. I keep in touch with her and lately she has seemed a bit down. This is perk her up for sure!!

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