Big Doings in Greenville
October 19, 2004
We interrupt ongoing coverage of The Washing Of The Soccer Sweater to bring you breaking news:
The quilt has landed.
Close readers of Mason-Dixon Knitting may recall, back in January, I embarked on a plan to make quilts out of the many shirts which had belonged to Hubbo’s late father. This is the story of how it all started.
When I realized that creating a quilt would put an end to all knit-related activity (and quite possibly a finger or two if I used that rotary cutter thingie), I put out a call for any quilty folks who might be interested in the projeck. A very dear family friend, Dr. Betty Ruth of Point Clear, Alabama, recommended Elmira Sanders, of Greenville, Alabama, as a woman who quilted whenever the fishing wasn’t good.
After about four months of preparatory work (aka going downstairs to the basement), off went all the stripey shirts I could find, along with the copy of Kaffe Fassett’s Passionate Patchwork that my high school friend Julie had sent me. (Still having a pang at sending off that luscious book, but I knew it would meet its destiny in Greenville.)
Well, Elmira beat the Alabama heat this past summer by cutting out zillions of triangles, piecing them, quilting them, and creating this:
Amazing. Here’s another view.
What’s more amazing is that she is now at work on Quilt No. 2. I suggested she use whatever pattern she liked from Passionate Patchwork. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.
I don’t know if she realizes just how many more Herb shirts there are. She may end up working on Quilt No. 38 if she keeps this up.
This projeck has been a tender way to reconnect with a dear family friend, to make a new friend, and to find a use for a whole lot of shirts. Thank you to Julie, Betty Ruth, Elmira, and especially to Herb, who loved everything having to do with fambly.