Monday, April 23, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Two years ago, several dear friends surprised me with this project to celebrate my retirement from public education. It was the brain child of my dear friend Kathy. Kathy with the help of friends at Sweet Home Quilt Shop chose the fabric, Fresh Cotton by Fig Tree Designs. Judy, another friend-for-always, cut and sewed the blocks. They then recruited all the folks that I had worked with at their elementary school to sign the blocks with their name and title of their favorite book. Blocks were also signed by members of our book club. Most members of our book club also worked at this same elementary school at one time. At my retirement party, the folks in attendance signed the remaining blocks. I wasn't sure how to arrange the blocks. This week inspiration hit when I decided where to hang this wonderful gift. I have a spot in my sewing room that is perfect. I made four additional blocks for the corners. I need to have one more of those blocks autographed and then I can begin sewing the rows together. I'll play with the blocks first to get a better balance of color. Can't wait to have this project become a quilt. Any suggestions on what I should name this quilt?  Visit other projects at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

11 comments:

Kate said...

What a wonderful retirement gift.

Rhonda said...

What a great present. As for a possible name for the quilt....
Friends to Books..... maybe.
Take care.

Gari said...

How wonderful. I think I'd call it Friends Forever. I made cup blocks with the fat quarters my guild gave me when I moved and called the quilt "Coffee with Friends." It makes me smile everyday.

Brenda said...

Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Melinda said...

Great blocks! What a nice quilt to remember your friends.

Teresa F. said...

Wonderful idea. Great blocks. That quilt will always be a great memory of your working days and of all your friends there.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

What a wonderful gift and way to remember your life before retirement.

Diane said...

Love it! I was going to suggest Friends Forever, but Gari beat me to it.

Quilter Kathy said...

Lovely memory quilt!
How about calling it "Books and Blessings"

Vicki said...

Very special gift to have and I am terrible at naming quilts. I name them and call them what I was all along like "my aunt's quilt" or the "wedding quilt."

Vicki said...

Very special gift to have and I am terrible at naming quilts. I name them and call them what I was all along like "my aunt's quilt" or the "wedding quilt."