Monday I finished whip-stitching the binding to the back of Paul’s quilt. I made it for our tree space at Festival of Trees 2013 that we will decorate on December 2. Paul is Scott’s brother and every year our extended family decorates a tree in his memory at Festival of Trees. (You can see past years in that category on this website.) All proceeds from the Festival go to charity care at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City and several of our children have received medical care there, so we feel strongly about the cause. Besides decorating a tree, my mother-in-law and I serve on a Gift Boutique committee that provides boutique items and works there during the week of the Festival.
I have been saying for a couple years that one year I would like to make a quilt to go with the tree and this year the sisters said it was time. Our theme is “Boys Like to Read” and the quilt will drape over a chair by a side table with lamp and books that all sit by the tree. Sort of like a man’s study where he remembers the books he enjoyed as a boy.
Thanks to my good friend, ShaRee, who set up quilting dates with me throughout October, I did the entire quilt from start to finish in a month. That’s a record for me as I take my time piecing and then hand-quilt all my quilts, which takes a long time. Since this was being donated and not an “heirloom” quilt, I had it machine-quilted so that cut off weeks. The quilter had it done in a few days, so I can see the allure of having them machine-quilted. More finished quilts, faster!
The color scheme was dictated by the choice of colors for the tree and the pattern is Framed Rectangles “A Taste of Honey” from Quilt magazine, Dec/Jan 2011 #118. The quilt is 62″ x 87″. ShaRee told me about the best method for binding EVER and I got it done lickety-split. I think I’ve even gotten over my hatred for binding.
All in all, I’m pleased with how this quilt turned out and I feel it’s a fitting tribute to Paul.