Friday, May 18, 2012

Keep On Truckin'

I have one neice and one nephew, hence my 'favourite' neice and 'favourite' nephew, both of whom I love dearly. They have grown up amidst a constant clatter of aunts and uncles, and lots and lots of creative and quilting stimulation, so I guess it should be no surprise that the quilting bug has bitten each of them at one time or another in their lives.

Ted's Truck
Ted is now 23 but when he was about 7 we were all at my place over Easter weekend working on one quilt or another - possibly several - so he decided that he wanted a quilt to work on too. His own quilt; one with trucks.

So Anne, Betty and mom put their creative hats together and came up with a stylized truck block, including pom poms for tires that Nana would make. He was thrilled! He sewed many of the blocks by hand initially and then when Fran was home one summer she introduced him to the sewing machine, which he loved because it had a 'gas pedal'.

Over the years he put most of the blocks together and then last summer his mom, Betty, started pulling it all together into a top (quilts have a long gestation period in our family at times).

Anne joined the blocks, borders were added and before you knew it Ted had a beautiful, colourful truck quilt top.

It recently went up on the quilt frame and Betty has started quilting.

She has a great eye so I have no doubt that it will be a work of art by the time it is finished.

The quilter's nerve centre
Soon he will be driving trucks in his sleep - lots and lots of colourful trucks...M

1 comment:

Cynthia said...

That is darling! And what a great story behind it!