These are the 4 quilts I made for a dear friend, Joni. Her ex-husband, but still good friend and father of her kids died way too soon. He wore lots of crazy, cool Columbia shirts. Kinda had the fishing theme going on. Anyway, she wanted a way for her future grandbabies to have a piece of something special from Grampa. She asked if I would take the shirts and make them into quilts. I was HAPPY to do it. Here are the results. 4 good sized quilts. I hope the future babies will love snuggling in their Grampa's shirts. :)
***And, this is from Joni in the comments, but it tells how the shirt quilts came to be from her side. :) Love ya, Joni!!! :) Making these quilts was TRULY my pleasure.
Cindy, Cindy, Cindy...... There are just not the words to say what these quilts meant to me when you brought them in last Friday while you were in Vancouver.
Since grandbabies are still years away for me, I was quite happy knowing that you were the perfect person to hold these shirts until such a time that you had the desire to make the quilts.
I asked Cindy to make me four baby quilts, I was thinking I'd see receiving blanket size quilts, these are more the size of a twin bed.
Gregg was my former husband but he was my friend and I mourn his passing every day. The last room of his house that I cleaned out was his closet. Every time I'd step foot in it, I'd see him, I'd smell his cologne (or tobacco) and I knew that this room was my last link to him as he was. There was not one day that I was in there where I didn't sit on the floor, holding his shirts, crying. It was one of those days that I realized he'd never be there to hold our grandbabies.
Where the thought came from to ask Cindy about the quilts I don't recall but it had to have occurred on that closet floor. There was not one second of hesitation on her part when I asked, not one. Someday, God willing I will have grandbabies, (if there are more than four, they will have to share) and I will hold and snuggle them with grampa's shirts and as they grow, I will let them know how much he would have loved them.
Cindy, you are by far one the sweetest people I have ever met. This gift that you gave to me will never, ever be forgotten.