Thursday, March 11, 2010

I Never Thought...

That I would approach quilting in a prayerful manner. Sounds weird doesn't it? Let me explain.

I have a super awesome dear friend who lost her dear husband recently. Actually a month ago today {and I can't believe it's been that long already.} My friend is moving across the country to be closer to family and I have been helping her paint her current home in order to put it on the market {which I might add is looking pretty awesome so far!} Well today she gave me this:


Those are her husband's dress shirts. He was a professor at Jacksonville State University so he wore a lot of button down shirts. A few weeks ago I offered to make a quilt out of those shirts for her and their lovely 3 year old daughter.

Now that I have those shirts in my possession I have to decide what to make! I want to make something special and meaningful for both my friend and her daughter. I think this quite the honor {and task.} So yes, I have been praying for guidance so that I can be guided to make something truly special for a friend that has taught me so much. Something that will truly be a little piece of "Phil the Brave." {who, did I mention, was an amazing artist and graphic designer... eeep! talk about a tough task! Gotta make sure the quilt is harmonious! LOL}

...and can I just say the top 3 shirts on the right are calling my name? Must be spring fever!

9 comments:

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I have a dear friend that lost her mother and I said the same thing, I would make a quilt. My problem was that all her mothers clothes were double knit. So I made simple nine patches, I had to tie the quilt because there was no way to quilt it. There were enough squares to make four twin size quilts!!! yes four quilts. One for my friend, one for her sister and one for each daughter. it was simple but they adore them. so do not get so caught up in the idea. They will love it for your making and for it being his shirts.

IrinaN said...

I'm really sorry to hear about your friend's husband. I wish her to be strong. You will make a great job with the quilt.

corrie said...

I love this. What a wonderful thing to do. And YOU doing it...whatever you decide (especially if you are praying about it) will be the perfect thing. Let me know if you need any help.

lisapenn said...

Wow what an intimidating task. At least for me it would be, because I can't quilt like you! You will do a wonderful job. Can't wait to see the finished project.

A Plus Quilt Shop said...

My BFF just lost her father and is giving me his clothing to make a quilt with. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Maggie said...

What a great friend you are to make this quilt. Don't know if this will help, but I made a quilt for my husband using some of his old shirts around pictures of him and our daughters, here is a link http://havingitall-maggie.blogspot.com/2009_01_01_archive.html
Good luck!

Arianne said...

Your talents and abilities will be honed and expanded since serving others is exactly what we should do with our talents--you'll do amazingly. What a wonderful opportunity. Will you post pictures when you're finished?

Kristen said...

Wow. What a daunting task! What a great legacy to give to them and I know that you will do an awesome job. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

RosaMaría said...

wow!!! yo estaría temblando ante un reto tan grande!! seguro que harás algo tan lindo que tu amiga quedará maravillada! los quits de rayas de camisas son de mis favoritos!