Andrew proposed to Emily while they were over in Hawaii last week. I'd already started on her SUPER DUPER HAPPY SCRAPPY when Andrew told us his plans last month. Our wonderful, sweet, bright, intelligent, talented, athletic, beautiful, faithful, darling, precious Emily will now be a member of our family. And we couldn't be more excited. She always grabs my Happy Scrappy in the family room to snuggle up in when we all watch TV. She loves that old grandma-style scrappy quilt. Well now she will have one of her own. Welcome to the family beloved Emily. My heart is jam packed full-up XO.
This quilt was particularly precious and emotional to make. It is a cuddle quilt for Debbie made out of Terry's shirts. We even included the shirt she handmade for him when they were young; thus the patches and special label. It is my hope this quilt will bring my dear friend comfort and blessings. She and Terry have both been a treasure to our family.
I share a lot of the same thoughts and emotions as Leah Day. She articulates how she balances fast quilt projects with long, complicated intense ones. I feel the same, which is why I so often make those Large 16 inch square Happy Scrappy's. Fast, gratifying and fun! Plus, the only way I could ever make so many to give to the loved one's in my life. It felt good to see other quilters feel similarly. http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2013/06/fmq-friday-balancing-intensity-and.html
Dad's company is such a family oriented company. They have adorable events that focus on fun for the kids. The summer picnic always has several basket give-a-ways that get everyone excited. Last year Kev won the cooler and microbrew basket :) This year one of the baskets will feature a Happy Scrappy Picnic Quilt. I'm sure the winner will be excited!
UPDATE: Ok, so this is sort of embarrassing and yet also soooo sweet and tossed with a big dose of serendipity... At the picnic, on the raffle table, the quilt was all "basketed & cellophaned & tied with a bow & labeleddonated by Wayne H." But Dad and Kev & I and Andrew all knew we wanted our dear UMCI Receptionist, Mary, to win it. So we loaded our 3 raffle tickets into the bucket to add to Mary's chances. That gave Mary a 4-ticket-chance to win! Low and behold... Dad's ticket is drawn. And, because Mary had to leave early, Dad had to go up and claim his own donation! Awkward! But the next day, when Mary found the quilt on her desk chair... PRECIOUS!