Monday, May 21, 2012

Dad's Quilt


Today I have a new quilt finish to share.  Some of you may remember this top it has been done and ready since before Julia was born 2 months ago (And to think I use to not understand how people collected UFO's and now I have a pile of them I am trying to finish)  To read more about it go here.  My wife told me at the time it was UGLY but now I think she likes it more. (mostly because it left the house) but hey I loved it.


You might find it funny I asked my dad how he liked it and he told me "No - Its not long enough" he is a tall guy and the quilt is short.  I tried to explain it was a lap quilt but I think he was too distracted looking at Julia.  My Dad turns 71 on 5/22/2012 and he has now been in a rest home for about 9 months I talked about him once before here.  Where I talked about the fact that he had yet another stroke.  He is not doing so well he talks very little and does not smile much any more.  I think the visit made his week.


It was funny though during the visit we took him to the dining room so he can eat.  It takes him more then an hour to hour and half to eat (we did not stay the full time).  While in the dining room one of the old ladies at the table next too us kept saying things to us (which I could not understand and we tried, we got something about boxing, strawberries) any way she got mad at us and she threw a spoon at us.  My kids not quite understanding what was going on kept talking and looking at her which seemed to only egg her on.  A few minutes later along came a fork.  I joked about that maybe we would have a food fight on our hands.  About 10 minutes later she threw a glass at us which shattered on the floor.  I guess my family brings out the rage in others.  As we got on the elevator to leave (she had been taken out of the room for bad behavior and was sitting at nurses station) she was saying something about us being bad people and to not let us come back.  Any way it was hard not to just want to sit there and laugh.  Its sad some times to visit my dad, but I enjoy going as he will not be with us for all that long.  He is slowly going down hill and he is not expected to make it all that many more years.


Here is a closeup of the quilt.  I quilted it by I believe its called echo quilting, next to the seams where it was sewed together.  Looking at the picture below you can see how neat the back looked and the front above.  I will do another quilt like this one as its one of the nicer quilting jobs I have done..



May Finishes

linking to 2nd Quarter Finish Party As listed on  My 2nd Quarter todo list

19 comments:

Janet said...

This is one of my favourites that you've made. A real guy quilt. That lady at the home is likely suffering from dementia. My mom had it severely before she died and it is not fun.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

It is a great man's quilt and you did an excellent job with it. We took care of my dad - he refused to go into a home. In the end we had Respite come and help, just to have a bit of a break, but to assure he had nursing thru his doctor. As Janet said - it sounds like dementia - and I am dealing with that with my mother now.

Christine M said...

I think it is a lovely man's quilt. Your dad looks very pleased with it.

Cherie said...

The quilt looks great, just the right colours for a man! How funny he said it wasn't long enough for him, I expect he'll use it at bedtime.
Poor you guys getting abused by a random Lady.
Maybe next time she won't recognise you..or maybe just try to avoid her =D



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Donna said...

Nice manly quilt. Your dad will enjoy.

Sue Daurio said...

That's a beautiful quilt for your dad. It's hard when they start to decline. But it certainly looks like your visit cheered him up, great smiles. Maybe he was smiling because you had such a great impact on the lady in the dining room. That made me laugh.

Jeane said...

That's a beautiful man's quilt. Your dad seems to enjoy it and your visit.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

My father was in an Alzheimer's unit before he died. Unfortunately he was one of the problem people. I like the quilt. Good job.

AnnaPK said...

I love this quilt! Truly manly ones are hard to find, but you did it!

I found you randomly through someone else's blog I was visitng as part of SMS's GiveAway Day. I am a new follower of yours now! I am teaching my 5 year old daughter and my 3 year old sew to sew. You will be a great example of guys sewing as my son gets older. :)

kirkwood0419(at)hotmail(dot)com

CraftyGardenMom - Tanesha said...

This a great quilt for a man, and I enjoyed the story behind it. Thanks for sharing! I saw your comment/entry on my blog (craftygardenmom.com) and stopped by your blog - it's great! I didn't see a button to follow your blog in RSS/Google Reader though - maybe I'm missing it?

CraftyGardenMom - Tanesha said...

Never mind I found it at the bottom!

harrispen said...

It sure looks like your dad enjoyed your visit and the quilt.

Cindy

tialys said...

That quilt looks amazing - I'm sure your dad was chuffed to bits with it. A true labour of love.

cq4fun said...

I remember that and I like the quilt still. I'm glad your dad liked it, too. Your dining room story was funny, but sad, too.

Kirsten N said...

Such a wonderful quilt for your Dad. I love the photo of him with the baby.

Dora, the Quilter said...

And you managed to get some orange in this one too! I like quilts made from shirtings--they do work well for men--and 60 degree diamonds are just fun and pleasing to see.
(Even post-stroke, there is a lot that can be gained with the correct nutrients.)

Connie said...

Wonderful quilt Richard and I'm glad your dad will get to enjoy the quilt! Thanks for sharing.
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Elizabeth said...

I was too busy looking at that cutie pie, Julia, too, to notice the quilt. My goodness what a little sweetie pie she is! Love that cute pink outfit!

OK, so the quilt. I really was looking! It is a great quilt and I'm sure your dad will enjoy it, hopefully, for many, many years to come. It is hard to watch our parents get old. But making a quilt for him is a really nice thing. I love the fabrics, the quilting and the colors. Beautiful finish! Thanks for linking up!

xo -E

Chris S said...

This may be a stupid question, but how do you cut these shapes, or is there a ruler you use? Love the look of this.

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