It was an insane project to start at Thanksgiving. But I was driven: I wished to give him the quilt soon after his surgery and prior to any other therapy. I started by bouncing ideas off of a few co-workers, then announced it to the office so I was committed to making it.
As I began designing and calculating yardage, I realized many of my colleagues probably felt as helpless as I did about the whole situation. I decided to add sashing after the initial design, so I could personalize the quilt with the names of people who work with him closely. I invited co-workers, including those no longer with the company, to send me their signatures or give me permission to embroider their names into the quilt.
As much as I tried to keep it simple, this quilt was more of a challenge than I had anticipated. I was delayed when the backing material I wanted had to be special ordered. I fought with my printer to get the correct colors on my custom squares. I tried a new quilting style (which looks great!) but it was way more time-intensive than I had anticipated. Embroidering the names had a steep learning curve and it took a few attempts to get it right. I stressed over meeting my deadlines.
All of the material was selected with my co-worker in mind, based on his interests and our favorite things about him. In addition, each block has one custom printed square: the PMC logo, a Noon Hill trail map, the Buddha, our company logos, a Sunday River trail map, and his own PMC team logo, Team Kinetic Karma. The cornerstones and backing were also in the Team Kinetic Karma colors.
|The quilting shows up best on the back|
I delivered the quilt to him on Saturday. He was so surprised and thrilled. (He also did the reach-out-and-touch, and confirmed that the Noon Hill square included the spot where he had taken the infamous tumble from his bike.) There are full-sized, detailed photos of the quilt here.
I wish to thank everyone who was involved in this project. I swear I could feel everyone's good wishes each time I worked on the quilt.