They say that friendships, like old quilts, stand the test of time.
The Man is lucky enough to have such a friendship.
These two raised their kids together, stood by each other in dark times, and have hunted together since forever.
This friend is building himself a new house.
The Man came to me and asked me if I could make a quilt as a house warming gift.
Of course I said “yes!” cause I am always looking for an excuse to hang out in fabric stores and to spend the day sewing.
The Man chose the pattern and picked the fabric.
It’s a signature quilt and every square contains the name of a spot rich in memories and stories.
Most of them are areas where they hunted but I did notice the name of a few bars! I’m sure The Man will get around to telling me those stories one day.
We used the Friendship Album pattern from this book:
I printed out all twenty-five names on to a sheet of paper and then traced each name onto a patch using either the tape-the-paper to the window method or the improvised light box method.
Then I embroidered each name using a stem stitch.
I sewed the patched together and then sent the quilt top, batting and backing to a local long-arm quilter for quilting.
After binding the quilt, I cross stitched a label, which I appliqued to the backing.
Mike stayed with us last week and we were able to give him his new quilt.
He liked it.
I hope it will keep him warm in his new home.